Inside Japanese Story featurette is one of those situations where an audience has watched the movie and they have a chance to listen to the crews comments live after the movie has finished. It is interesting to listen to these people talk about what was a labour of love for them. Some information is replicated from the crew commentary, though which makes some of either feature redundant.
Deleted Scene “We were Swimming” is an interesting one, when looked at after the movie has finished. I can understand why it was deleted, but also why it Is included. This scene fills in a blanc that was missing from the movie if not entirely necessary.
Japanese Story is a fairly good movie which starts off perfectly, displaying beautiful symmetry between both main characters. The movie does go on a bit at the end, though, which spoils things a little. The extras aren't too hot, either. Being allowed to film in the mining complex is made a fuss of, but no small featurette is dedicated to this. How did the production crew organise the mining blast? Were people nervous? What was it like filming in the Outback and was the magnetic red soil a problem? How were the Japanese elements researched and refined and what are the cultural importance of traditions such as swapping cards? All these factors could have been expanded upon and given the movie a wider focus. Still, Japanese Story is a good watch, just a little too long.
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