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Fear and Trembling(Stupeur et tremblements)

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France, Japan · 2003
1h 47m
Director Alain Corneau
Starring Sylvie Testud, Kaori Tsuji, Bison Katayama, Taro Suwa
Genre Comedy, Drama

Amélie decides to return to Japan, where she spent her childhood. Working as an interpreter at an import/export firm, she proves herself adept at speaking Japanese despite being from Europe. However, her coworkers believe she lacks the humility integral to Japanese society.

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Village Voice by

A culture-clash comedy that takes the notion of Japanese otherness to ludicrous extremes.


The New York Times by Dana Stevens

Mr. Corneau, an eclectic director with a mildly perverse sensibility, turns the conflict of cultures into a psychodrama that is at once lighthearted and intense.


Variety by Lisa Nesselson

Classy, funny cross-cultural adventure is Alain Corneau's most accomplished and entertaining film since 1991's "Tous les matins du monde."


L.A. Weekly by Scott Foundas

Testud, who learned to speak Japanese phonetically for the role, is nothing short of sublime, her expressive face morphing from tear-stained frustration to slaphappy delirium with the speed of lightning flashing across the Tokyo sky.