Unfolding with flashbacks over the course of six action-packed days, The Foreign Duck, the Native Duck and God is the story of a university freshman pulled into the strange, disorienting, even criminal orbit of his neighbor.
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What starts off as a seemingly laidback character piece throws in an intriguing switcharoo involving reincarnation. It also contains an interesting depiction of the Japanese attitude towards foreigners.
Interesting story presented in an equally interesting way, with a nice twist about halfway there, strong ending. Good cast and acting, beautifully shot. I'm sure this film will bring memories back to anyone who lived in Japan as a foreigner. Excellent!
This has struck a lot of chords with me. A fantastic movie that will resonate with a lot of different people- especially those who happened to reside in Japan as foreigners. Some minor flaws or weak parts here and there, but they become irrelevant once the movie is finished. A beautiful work of art in many ways. 4.5/5
Brilliant! The concept of being wary of foreigners is pretty universal. The character studies are great. I'm a sucker for Mike Leigh at the moment and this wasn't a million miles away from his stuff; bleak and devastatingly funny at the same time, and not afraid to show the characters as vulnerable fragile people
A disarmingly mellow little film that's about as close to a typical quirky American indie you're going to find in Japanese cinema, and yet still at a laidback distance from becoming the latter. It's a shade of high school detective, a smidgen Murakami, a daub of French New Wave and just generally comfortable in its own strolling pace. Fine handling of the difficult mid-narrative loopback too, could've been a bore