Everything About Fiction You Never Wanted to Know.

  • Adult Fear: What happens to Richard and Susan's children. That when you're too far away to help, your children will be lost and taken from you. Or for the nanny, that your love and care won't protect them. For Chieko's father, the idea that his daughter may kill herself at any moment.
    • Also, the almost crippling fear and confusion that comes with something terrible happening to you when you're in a foreign country.
  • Tear Jerker: this pretty much goes hand-in-hand with Oscar Bait movies. The exceptionally sad scenes all involve the deaf Japanese girl struggling with coming of age and her maturing sexuality.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: It's the case for many (but not all) characters. Obviously caused by the Idiot Plot.