Oh Lucy!

A lonely, middle-aged office worker in Tokyo (Shinobu Terajima) falls head over heels for a young American teaching English as a second language (Josh Hartnett) and chases after him when he returns to his native Los Angeles with her attractive young niece (Shioli Kutsunu). This U.S.-Japanese coproduction was written and directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi, adapting her own short into a memorable debut feature, and produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay of Anchorman fame. This odd trans-Pacific collaboration results in a farcical story with some surprisingly tragic moments, and an obsessed heroine who hasn’t gotten the memo that Asian women are supposed to be sweet and modest. As willful, selfish, and cruel as Ferrell’s screen dunces, she blunders into one humiliating situation after another, hardly sympathetic but never less than human. In English and subtitled Japanese.