A reactionary and xenophobic movie in its apparent innocence. Japan is treated like a mere playground for a eurocentric discourse about self-identity and the impossibility of accepting otherness. Everything unfamiliar - language, values, expectations - has to fit into the western eye, never the opposite. In the end Japan is seen as an inaccessible, incomprehensible world and a change of circumstances as unattainable.
This is a weird movie in the best of the ways. All the time there's a sensation of oddity, of something quite uncanny or tense in a cute way. The ending is so rushed and unexpected as 70% percent of the rest of the movie, which is a good thing. Nice. To watch and forget.