Earthquake Bird

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Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

A psychologically unsettling and atmospheric thriller set in 1989 Tokyo from director Wash Westmoreland (Colette, Still Alice), Earthquake Bird follows Lucy Fly (Alicia Vikander), an enigmatic expat haunted by a painful past, who enters into an intense relationship with Teiji (Naoki Kobayashi), a handsome local photographer. Lucy's imperturbable exterior begins to crack when a naive newcomer, Lily Bridges (Riley Keough), becomes entangled in their lives and ends up missing - suspected dead.

Cast

  • Alicia Vikander
  • Riley Keough
  • Jack Huston
  • Kiki Sukezane
  • Naoki Kobayashi
  • Ken Yamamura
  • Crystal Kay
  • Yurino
  • Akiko Iwase
  • Kenta Ogawa

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Trivia

  • Lucy mentions to Teiji that she read when westerners first came to 19th Century Japan, many people did not like having their pictures taken. The reason why is they thought the "photographs would steal part of their soul." Teiji acknowledges this is true. The same was true when westerners first came to what is now Saudi Arabia in the early 20th Century.
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Quotes

    • [having just met]
    • Lucy Fly: Just trying to make conversation.
    • Teiji: Why?
    • Lucy Fly: Because that's what normal people do.
    • Teiji: But you are not normal.
    • Lucy Fly: Neither are you.
    • Teiji: So let's not pretend to be.
    • Lucy Fly: Okay.
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Metacritic

20
Nov 4, 2019

It’s almost a romantic melodrama, but it’s emotionally inert. It’s almost a biting statement about cultural appropriation, but it barely shows its fangs. It’s almost a murder mystery, but it abandons the plot for vast periods of time. It’s almost a good film except, no, that’s really stretching it. At its best it’s an unfocused plod.

Metacritic review by William Bibbiani
William Bibbiani
TheWrap
70
Oct 26, 2019

Everyone here appears to be revelling in the juicy opportunities Earthquake Bird brings to hit up our memories of everything from Fatal Attraction to Single White Female.

Fionnuala Halligan
Screen Daily
50
Oct 10, 2019

This solidly crafted Ridley Scott production is sprinkled with classy ingredients, including Alicia Vikander as headline star. But it is also a fairly flat treatment of over-familiar plot elements, and fatally low on the key psycho-thriller elements of suspense, surprise and dread.

Metacritic review by Stephen Dalton
Stephen Dalton
The Hollywood Reporter