Earthquake Bird

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Earthquake Bird
Earthquake Bird poster.jpg
Official poster
Directed byWash Westmoreland
Produced by
Screenplay byWash Westmoreland
Based onThe Earthquake Bird
by Susanna Jones
Starring
Music by
CinematographyChung Chung-hoon
Edited byJonathan Alberts
Production
company
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • October 10, 2019 (2019-10-10) (LFF)
  • November 1, 2019 (2019-11-01) (United States)
Running time
108 minutes
CountryUnited States
Language
  • English
  • Japanese

Earthquake Bird is a 2019 psychological thriller written and directed by Wash Westmoreland based on the novel of the same name by Susanna Jones. It stars Alicia Vikander, Riley Keough, Naoki Kobayashi and Jack Huston.

It had its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on October 10, 2019. It was released on November 1, 2019, before digital streaming on November 15, 2019, by Netflix.

Premise[edit]

Set in 1989 Tokyo, Lucy Fly, a young female expat, is suspected of murder when her friend Lily goes missing in the wake of a tumultuous love triangle with Teiji.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

In August 2016, it was announced Wash Westmoreland would write and direct the film, based upon novel of the same name by Susanna Jones. Michael Schaefer, Michael Pruss, Ann Ruark, Georgina Pope will produce the film, while Ridley Scott will serve as an executive producer on the film, under their Scott Free Productions and Twenty First City banners, respectively, with Amazon Studios originally set to distribute.[1] In March 2018, Alicia Vikander and Riley Keough joined the cast of the film, with Netflix distributing.[2] In April 2018, Jack Huston joined the cast of the film.[3] In May 2018, Naoki Kobayashi joined the cast of the film, with production beginning that same month, in Tokyo.[4]

Release[edit]

It had its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on October 10, 2019.[5][6] It was released on November 1, 2019, in a limited release before digital streaming on November 15, 2019.[7]

Reception[edit]

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 51% based on 37 reviews, with a weighted average of 5.1/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Riley Keough and Alicia Vikander give it their all, but Earthquake Bird suffers from a frustrating inability to bring its literary source material consistently to life."[8] On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 48 out of 100, based on 10 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (August 4, 2016). "Wash Westmoreland To Helm 'The Earthquake Bird' For Amazon Studios & Scott Free". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  2. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (March 22, 2018). "Netflix Sets May Start For Wash Westmoreland's 'The Earthquake Bird'; Alicia Vikander, Riley Keough To Star". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  3. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (April 18, 2018). "Jack Huston Joins Alicia Vikander & Riley Keough In Netflix's 'The Earthquake Bird'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  4. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (May 7, 2018). "Naoki Kobayashi Joins Alicia Vikander, Riley Keough In 'The Earthquake Bird'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  5. ^ Mitchell, Robert (August 29, 2019). "'Jojo Rabbit,' 'The Aeronauts,' Netflix Titles Feature in London Film Festival Lineup". Variety. Retrieved August 29, 2019.
  6. ^ "Earthquake Bird". BFI London Film Festival. Retrieved August 29, 2019.
  7. ^ McClintock, Pamela (August 27, 2019). "Netflix Dates 'Marriage Story,' 'Laundromat' and Other Fall Award Films". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
  8. ^ "Earthquake Bird". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 15, 2019.
  9. ^ "Earthquake Bird Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 15, 2019.

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