A fish-out-of-water story that I think resonates with all of us. Atsuko was great to watch, finding something she is lacking in those Rintaro seems to think are losers. The film certainly takes its time, though not without merit. Watching Atsuko bond with and take in these people really drew me in and reminds me of my time in Southwest China (though admittedly I could communicate more than she). Recommended.