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  • Jan 28 - Feb 3, 2004
  • Vol. 24, No. 16

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  • Tokyo Godfathers

    Three Men and a Baby meets Japanese anime, but with subtlety and substance. A motley trio of Tokyo’s homeless watch a nativity play, then stumble on what one of them calls "a Christmas present from God," an abandoned infant girl wrapped in swaddling clothes. Tokyo Godfathers becomes a clever and well-written parody of Christ’s nativity, a mix of treacle and wry humor that winds up jerking out a tear or two, thanks to the affecting theme: the promise of redemption that comes from a family’s love for a child.
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  • Japanese Story

    This culture clash tale of love and loss is set mainly in the Australian outback. An Australian geologist (Toni Collette) and a Japanese businessman (Gotaro Tsunashima) are on a road trip. The film becomes an intriguing character study with much of its pleasure derived from the performance of Collette. And then something happens that it behooves me not to reveal. It’s a genuine surprise. And with that event comes a sharp tonal shift. Once we enter this grief-stricken territory the director, Sue Brooks, seems to lose control of her material.
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Food & Drink

  • Thai me up
  • Table and Bar
  • Thai me up

    Friendly but unassuming environment, great food, low prices and immense portions. Service is not top-notch, but it's the food you're coming for. Although quality varies from dish to dish, soups such as Tom Kha and Tom Yum are delicious, and more excellent soups are hidden in the “Noodles” section of the menu. It's closed on Sundays and does not serve alcohol, but come for lunch and you'll find that entrées are a buck cheaper.
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