Review: ‘All God’s Children Can Dance’

The fine "Tony Takitani" aside, there are good reasons why some consider Haruki Murakami's fiction resistant to film adaptation. They need look no further for evidence than "All God's Children Can Dance," in which Murakami's tale becomes a gloppy exercise in imitation Wong Kar Wai.

The fine “Tony Takitani” aside, there are good reasons why some consider Haruki Murakami’s fiction resistant to film adaptation. They need look no further for evidence than “All God’s Children Can Dance,” in which Murakami’s tale about an excessively well-endowed son’s quest for his real father becomes a gloppy exercise in imitation Wong Kar Wai. If the impossible dialogue (“God gave me this huge cock”) isn’t enough to sink pic, then studied perfs and pretentious direction by Robert Logevall are. First English-language feature translation of a Murakami will intrigue suitors, with cable and vid sales being the best bet.

Kengo (Jason Lew) seems barely motivated to work in Glen’s (Tzi Ma) copy shop, but he’s certainly obsessed with questioning his mother’s (Joan Chen) insistence that his birth father was none other than God. Throughout a moody, dreamy day and night in Los Angeles’ Koreatown, Kengo thinks he’s found a possible love interest (Sonja Kinski) and his actual dad (John Fleck, oddly cast). Then again, maybe not.

All God's Children Can Dance

Production

A Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Anonymous Content presentation. Produced by Steve Golin, Sidney Kimmel, John Benet, Thoranna Sigurdardotttir. Executive producers, Paul Green, Bruce Toll, Matt DeRoss. Co-producer, Joel Hatch. Directed by Robert Logevall. Screenplay, Scott Coffey, based on the short story by Haruki Murakami.

Crew

Camera (FotoKem color), Giorgi Scali; editor, Mitchell Sinoway; music, STS9, Drazen Bosnjak; production designer, Laura Fox; costume designer, John Harris. Reviewed at CineVegas Film Festival (competing), June 9, 2007. Running time: 84 MIN.

With

Jason Lew, Joan Chen, Sonja Kinski, Tzi Ma, John Fleck.
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