All God’s Children Can Dance is the first U.S. adaptation of a Haruki Murakami short story – testament to the challenges of adapting the writer whose every world holds 1,000 pictures. First-time feature director Robert Logevall and screenwriter Scott Coffey rise to the task, exquisitely capturing Murakami’s essence and tone with a film that is humorous and accessibly yet profoundly evocative.
The intoxicatingly cool but troubled Kengo meanders through his life with breezy detachment, remaining distant from his girlfriend and his boss. He casually floats along in an arrested state, longing to know the truth about his father, who his lovingly obsessed mother claims is God. Still, nothing ruffles his feathers until he sees a man he thinks could be his father, which sets him off on a cathartic journey to discover the truth.
All God’s Children Can Dance resonates with humanity and shines with magnificent craftsmanship, standing as a transcendent tale that unfolds with grace and humor against the urban landscape of Los Angeles. Logevall leaves no element unconsidered: The actors’ stunning looks and talents are colors on his palette, integral to painting a lyrical picture and amplifying the story’s emotional resonance as it uniquely examines love and identity in the modern age.