All God's Children Can Dance

2008

Drama

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Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 20%
IMDb Rating 5.2 10 255

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April 12, 2021 at 01:51 PM

Cast

Joan Chen as Evelyn
Tzi Ma as Glen
L.J. Benet as Baseball Kid 2
John Fleck as The Man
720p.WEB
777.43 MB
1280*714
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 24 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Juggertrout 5 / 10

Watch Tony Takitani instead

In 2004, veteran Japanese director Jun Ichikawa took one of the best short stories in Murakami's collection, Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, and crafted a masterpiece of a film, perfectly capturing the themes of loneliness and isolation, with a great score, acting and cinematography. I strongly recommend it to everyone.

How woeful it is then that newbie American director Robert Logevall, has taken, in my opinion, the worst story in Murakami's collection, after the quake, and turned it into a dull, aimless film that manages to be both vacuous and pretentious. We follow Kengo (Jason Lew), a mixed race man, who has been told all his life that he is the Son of God by his vaguely disturbed mother (Joan Chen), as he negotiates his relationship with his girlfriend (Sonja Kinski) and boss (Tzi Ma). Kengo has lost his faith in God and his belief in his implied divinity. One day he sees a man he believes is his father. He follows him.

It's Jason Lew's first role, so his falterings as a lead are understandable, but I found him irritating and smug as his character, and uncomfortable to watch. Sonja Kinski is decent in her first role, but really it's Chen and Ma that give the only good performances in this film. The former with wonderful emotion, and the latter with remarkable subtlety and understatement. Both keep afloat a film that fails to explore any interesting themes it brings up (Oedipal complexes, religion), nor manages to deliver any interesting scenes whatsoever. The narration that aims high for philosophy but spews out drivel doesn't help, neither does the over ambiguous ending that fails to capture the existentialism of the story and just seems stupid.

It's not all bad. There's some nice cinematography, Chen and Ma's performances are genuinely wonderful, and the soundtrack by STS9, is lovely. But this is an unremarkable film, with little to recommend, even to Murakami fans. Watch Tony Takitani instead, and hold your breath for the eventual Norwegian Wood adaptation.

Reviewed by eyesnears2 9 / 10

Great film. Beautifully filmed.

I was intrigued from the very start. The mellow story line got more and more interesting as the film went on. The camera angles were incredible, adding depth to the characters. It was great to see the not-so-familiar locations in LA.

Jason Lew has such a distinct face that it captured my attention right away. In my opinion, his character seemed a bit subdued. I would have liked to see him show more emotion. Sonja Kinski is gorgeous in a humble way which was perfect for her character. She did a great job of not overacting her role.

As I always do when I'm interested in a movie or film, I googled a few of the people behind the scenes and it's no wonder this film is so well put together. Robert Logevall is a brilliant cinematographer. I checked out his reel on the Anonymous Content website and was very impressed! You can see that he "stretched his wings" more on this film. I highly recommend it!

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