Japanese Films

Frequently Asked Questions

    What's the common representation of female roles in Japanese films?
    From Japanese films ranging from the 1950's to now, how are females represented? How have they changed in Japan today?

    • ANSWER:
      They're often depicted as supporting characters or a strong romantic interest to a male protagonist. Even sexual relieve for the men. From the 2000's to now, women now play the role of "deres"

      Kuudere - Cold and distant from you but deep inside loves you

      Deredere - Cute and cuddly by default, making it hard for the protagonist to figure out if she likes him or not

      Tsundere - Harsh, mean, and very aggressive towards you to the point of beating you up but they will grow close to you and start acting cute and cuddly to the protagonist

      Yandere - Cute and cuddly to the protagonist but psychotically insane and obsessive-possessive of the protagonist to the point they will kill anyone and everyone just to she can be the only one for the man. They might even lock you up to avoid you from seeing anyone else but her. In other words, psychotic stalkers.

    Why do people say that Japanese films are the best?
    I know quite a few people who say this, but why does the country they were made in make them any better? I have seen good and bad Japanese Films. Is it because non-Japanese speakers can't tell how good the actors are?

    • ANSWER:
      That's actually a very good point you have at the end there. That could be a major possibility.

      But, it seems Hollywood is losing it's originality and big time movies are getting worse; focusing less on the story and theme and more on the explosions and immature jokes.

      I think it's because independent / foreign directors are realizing that and actually care about the quality of the movie.

    Where can i buy Japanese Films (Region 2) from a specialist World Cinema shop in London?
    Apart from Amazon etc - i cant seem to find a very good place to buy Japanese films (Region 2). I would like to actually look through them, read the synopsis on the back of the cover - rather than just a "click and buy" on line

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. Read a few stories on the first web link, but accordingly to some, it is difficult to find any decent video shops in London. It does give a few options, of various shops to locate Japanese films, good hunting!

    What are some really good Japanese Films?
    what are some good japanese films like akira, sukiyaki western django, or tokyo gore police. and i actually mean like foreign films not like the last samurai or shit like that. thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      If you like Akira, then you'll like Ghost in the Shell, too. It also transcends the anime genre and is a mind-trip with awesome visuals. And if that controversial, psychological crazy stuff is what you like, then I'd recommend Neon Genesis Evangelion, too. Otherwise, ignore it, as it's not really on the same level as the others in quality.

      Battle Royale is pretty classic. If you are interested in Japanese films at all, then see it. Perfect Blue is good, too, if you like thrillers.

      Nobody Knows is a really haunting film about some kids surviving on their own in the city. It's a quiet film, but kind of rad.

      Anything by Akira Kurosawa will be good, too. He's made a ton of films, many of them samurai films. Rashomon is old but dope. Kagemusha is also rad -- it's about a body double for a Japanese lord who takes over the guy's identity after he dies. (And it's not the same guy, but if you like those, then see Zatoichi, too.)

      I'm not big into anime, but Hayao Miyazaki is a big name in Japanese film. (He did Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, etc.) Those are cool, but watch Grave of the Fireflies. Most depressing thing ever, but also amazing.

      If you ever hear of a movie called 20th Century Boys in English, then RUN (don't walk) and go get it! It's about some guys who make a plan for world domination as students, and then many years later, things begin mysteriously happening for real... so awesome.

      You've probably heard of more recent Japanese horror films like The Grudge and The Ring. But as a general rule, the 80s and 90s were a great time for Japanese film. Anything from that period ought to be pretty cool.

    What is a good topic of research for Japanese film?
    I am to frame my own question for analysis and am stuck in terms of creating the question.
    What would you be intertesed to have investigated in terms of Japanese film?
    Such as the bushido code in samurai, or family dynamics etc?

    • ANSWER:
      frequent use of flashbacks (instead of telling the story chronologically)

    What are some great Japanese teen films that are westernized?
    I'm looking for some Japanese films that are high school/college oriented. Movies that depict modern Japanese lifestyle but preferentially in teens. Nothing horror but more on the romance/comedy/drama side of things.


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      1 litre of tears
      Hana Yori Dango
      Hana Yori Dango 2
      Gokusen 2
      Gokusen 3
      Nobuta wo Produce
      Dragon Zakura
      Proposal Daisakusen
      Hana Kimi
      Tantei Gakuen Q
      Tatta Hitostu no Koi
      Taiyou no Uta

    Anyway I can give my idea to a Japanese film company?
    I have my script and summary compete. It took me a year to complete it. How can I contact a Japanese film company?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, you can send it by mail if you like. But there is no guarantee that they will read it. It's most likely to be ignored.

    URGENT: Japanese films that include bowing as a sign of gratitude?
    Name any Japanese films or TV shows (animated or real) that can be found on YouTube which include a clear-cut example of a Japanese person bowing to show their gratitude.

    If in fact bowing can be used to say "thanks".

    If need to choose one very soon because I have an assignment on one due tomorrow.

    • ANSWER:
      I can't think of any. Sorry I couldn't help you with an assignment that was due 3 days ago.

    I have just watched a Japanese Film Called Confessions, what are japanese films like this ?
    Confessions (2010)
    A psychological thriller of a grieving mother turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter's death.

    I want to know japanese films like this. High school crime/Thiller Films !
    Please help me out here with all film suggestions that you have!
    I have seen the Battle royale films 😉

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    Is there any japanese horror films that caused people to commit suicide?
    my boyfriends best friend was telling me about a japanese film that was so scary it caused people to commit suicide and make them physically ill.
    which films are they ?
    Also what does it mean by physically ill ? like vomitting ?

    thanks. (:


    • ANSWER:
      have heard that said about the movie Audition, but.. I don't see the big deal.. I own the movie and have watched it like 6 times.. it's not that violent or disturbing..
      Ringu US: The Ring; Dir. Hideo Nakata, 1998-After the death of her cousin Tomoko, reporter Reiko hears stories of a videotape that kills everyone who sees it exactly one week after viewing. At first she discounts the rumors, but when she learns that Tomoko’s friend (who watched the video with her) died at exactly the same time, she begins to investigate. After viewing the tape herself, strange things start happening, and so she teams up with her ex-husband, Ryuji, to try to stop the death clock that has once again begun ticking. Reiko and Ryuji race to save their lives from impending doom and discover what the tape has to do with a tragedy-stricken volcanic island and a very strange little girl named Sadako.

      The Suicide Manual (Japanese) 2003
      The Suicide Song
      Apartment 1303
      In Chinese and Japanese literature and films, the well is a symbolic link to the underworld and by extension, the unconscious. In folklore and in films and books such as The Ring, the well is a place of death and return. Many commit suicide by jumping in a well and consequently the well is haunted. This parallels Western literature.

      One example comes from the Liaozhai, “The Man Who Was Thrown Down a Well.” Mr. Tai gets a “Christmas Carol” warning from the shade of his dead cousin. A neighbor, suspicious of a his attentions to his wife, knocks him down a well where he meets with spirits who beseech him to rebury their neglected bones. This he promise to do and he is released back to the mundane world, a better man.

      Yeogo goedam (1998)

    Recommend some feudal period Japanese films?
    I'm in the mood to watch some epic historical, or historical fiction films set in the feudal period or earlier. But I'm unfamiliar with Japanese films, so I'd love a few recommendations!~

    • ANSWER:
      Well, THE classic film like that is Kurosawa's "The Seven Samurai" (see link, below).

      Good luck!

    What is the spirituality of Chinese Kungfu and Japanese Samurais?
    What is the spirituality of Chinese Kung fu and Japanese Samurais?

    When i watch Japanese films, they don't give a clear idea about their spirituality. Chinese film shows buddhist deities in their films , here and there. But then Who are Taoist ?

    • ANSWER:
      Just Google Taoism and Buddhism for Chinese religion and google Shintoism and Zen Buddhism for Japanese religion.

      As far as I know, and anyone can correct me if I'm wrong, Taoism is the religion that founded the Yin Yang Philosophy of Tai Chi and is centered in the Wudang/Wu Tang Mountain Temple. While Buddhism is centered in the Shaolin Temple.

      Shintoism is the ancient Japanese religious practice of venerating their ancestors and is as old as Japan itself, while Zen Buddhism is an offshoot of Chinese Chan Buddhism and was the religion practiced by most of the Samurai during the medieval era.

    What would be a good book to read concerning Japanese cinema?
    I've recently become more and more interested in Japanese cinema, and have watched quite a good number of great Japanese films by now. Is there any books worth reading that deals with this subject that's worth recommending?

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    What are a few authentic Japanese movies less known by foreigners worth watching?
    I don't want to watch movies that are in the Us, translated in English, well known Japanese classics in the US. I want to watch and experience authentic culturally Japanese films. Got any for me?

    • ANSWER:
      akira kurosawa

    What are some great, lesser known, Japanese films out there?
    Can anyone suggest any great/good Japanese films out there that have kind of "Gone under the Radar," so to speak?

    • ANSWER:
      Bin-jip (2004): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0423866/
      aka 3-Iron
      Trailer: http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi62128409/

      Wu ji (2005): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0417976/
      aka The Promise
      Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASix-v_-P2k

      Chocolate (2008): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1183252/
      aka Fury
      Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Axf_EXzF_qM

    How can I convert a film from .mkv to viewable in iTunes & retain the subtitles?
    I've used SmartConverter successfully for non-subtitled stuff, but it doesn't seem to transfer the subtitles for the old Japanese films I want to convert.

    The subtitles aren't automatically on-screen in the original format, but a selectable option (when played through an appropriate player).

    Alternatively, is there an app I can use to play the original files without converting them? Preferably free!


    • ANSWER:
      once i were searching a software like this and i found one 'watermark subtitle creator' it will allow you conver any video to any format with subtitle. It is absolutely easy and trustfull than any other converter,download this from here http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Video/Other-VIDEO-Tools/Video-Watermark-Subtitle-Creator.shtml

      you can find many converters around the web but only if u buy cmpleate version you can do all the features, unless they leave a huge watermark, i hate that so i suggest this one to you,
      also using this software you can leave watermarks on videos [as your like]. And you can edit subtitle [position, colour and much more] enjoy dude

    where can i find foreign films in inglish?
    Indian asian japanese films, is there a site with all these?

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    what is a good career that involves japanese culture?
    Im into the arts filmaking writing and stuff like that but I like anime and want a career in something like that oh and I live in california too I hope to visit japan or asia period because Im half asian but I want to live here in calif any anime or japanese films places here?

    • ANSWER:
      Actually my friend is in the very same boat as you...he graduated with a degree in directing (film making) and was really interested in Anime. He also studied art. The thing is Anime is strictly in Japan- so he had to settle as an art director in American adult 'cartoons'. He has started his own projects and has been attempting to market them himself. If you really don't want to go to Japan that would probably be your best bet...creating your own and either trying to sell the idea or make it yourself.

      They also have Anime art schools in Japan that you can start out from if that is your wish...it would provide a great place for getting ideas and get your foot in the door. I do believe that's his plan for next year once he makes enough money.

      Also don't be so quick to dismiss living in Japan...it's a great experience (if you're a man). You could actually go to school there and still work as an English teacher...it's a little easier to do that in Japan since you might look Asian then anywhere else. The money's not bad, your housing is free and you get to see the culture anime comes from to understand it better!

    Why do they blur out the penis in most Japanese adult films?
    Why do they blur out the penis in most Japanese adult films?
    I have always wondered why. I figured there is some kind of cultural reason?

    • ANSWER:
      Simply because it's illegal to show genital parts in Japan (both male and female).
      But in this internet age, the law is totally meaningless; because, many Japanese porn business ppl are selling uncensored films from overseas.

    Why do actresses in Japanese adult films always sound like they're suffering?
    I have noticed in Japanese adult films, the actresses always make sounds like they're in pain, almost like they're being raped, even when they're doing the driving. I've seen many adult scenes from Japan, and I've never heard the actress sound like they're enjoying themselves, at least to these Western ears. Is this a cultural thing, and what does it signify?

    • ANSWER:
      It's so funny because I had not idea what kind of sounds Western women make until I recently. It actually just a cultural thing. Japanese guys think the "pain" sounds sexy or cute. It took me a while to realize the fact. So guys I slept with in U.S was wondering why I make weird sound in the bed huh.. LOL

    What are the best historical fantasy films?
    I'm looking for some great films
    I mean like Japanese films were there is a mix of real and fantasy elements
    Not just Japanese though all though they tend to be the best
    Like some great fight scenes etc
    Much appreciated
    Like lord of the rings for an example

    • ANSWER:
      House Of Flying Daggers

    What is a good book to read for an essay on American remakes of Asian films?
    i am doing an essay about hollywood cashing in on Asian films and making their own versions. It will most likely focus on one particular remake but i want to know if there are any good books that talk about Americans remaking Asian/Japanese films

    • ANSWER:
      thr reading this article


    What is a really famous Japanese movie that almost all Japanese people will have heard of?
    I am playing charades with my Japanese friend, but he doesn't know many english films, so what Japanese films will he almost definitely know?
    Please help!
    Me Em

    • ANSWER:
      Ran, Madadayo, The Legend of Narayama, Kaghemusha, Rashomon, Twilight Samurai, The Seven Samurai.

    What are some good Japanese horror films?
    I actually work at a movie store, and we have lots of J-horror, and some are good, but there are a lot that are also really lame. What are some great Japanese horror films?

    The ones I've already seen are
    Prayer Beads
    In the Site
    The Suicide Club
    And the Eye (but that's Chinese)

    Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Try these J-horrors (havent seen them all so I can't say if good or not)-
      Pyrokinesis (2000)
      One missed call (2005)
      Lizard Baby (2004)
      Haze (2005)
      Kill Devil (2006)
      Nightmare Detective (2007)
      Premonition (2004)
      Suicide Circle 2: Noriko's Dinner Table (2005)
      Apartment 1303 (2003)
      Alive (2002)
      Ghost Train (2006)

    Is Battle Royale a comedy action movie or is it melodramatic with the shouting?
    I seen several classic movies of chinese and japanese films that have a good story etc but with modern asian movies its like a group of people in a room shouting back and forth and they drag it out even though they dont have to and that's what I mean by overmelodramtic, not all but sometimes.

    Or is the movie like Deadliest Warrior, like tom and jerry with action, comic style relief.

    • ANSWER:
      It's not comedy by any means, but it's not melodramatic. It's action/horror. Great film.

    What do you do when you suspect your mail carrier is watching your netflix before it gets mailed back?
    At first it only took a couple days for netflix to report my movies returned. Now it is taking over a week, but only on popular movies. The foreign movies I get, like Japanese films and independent films only take a couple days. I think she is watching the mainstream movies but being that I live around stupid hill people in Arkansas, she returns the other films her simple mind can't comprehend on time.

    • ANSWER:
      You can call both Netflix and the USPS and report that your movies are not being received/returned on time. Keep a log of these movies, which ones are taking too long to be reported back to Netflix, etc. Netflix should be able to tell if the movie has been reopened after you initially sealed it to send it back (like if she ripped it open and taped it shut again -- she has to open it, so she must have left evidence). If you find that your postal carrier is watching your DVDs before returning them, she will not only be fired but can be charged with a felony.
      If you can't get proof and you are unable to stop her from going through your mail, I would recommend having your movies returned through your work mail system (ask your boss first, but it should be a different mail carrier and so you won't have that problem) or you can drop them off in a post box and make she sure never gets her hands on them at all.

    Why do people hold their breath when crossing a bridge in anime?
    I've noticed this in a few different Japanese films I've watched. (Ex: Re Cycle - nonanime; Spirited Away - anime) My dad was asking me about it and I didn't know how to answer him. I know that it is a superstition but...I'm still confused.

    • ANSWER:
      Well I just know that in Spirited Away (one of my favorite movies!!) Chihiro holds her breath because if she doesn't, the spell Haku gave would break and everyone would be able to see her, then she would probably be prosecuted or something. But I've never seen it in any other movie. I've never heard of that superstition before, but I guess for the same reason people hold their breath when going past a graveyard.

    Can anyone recommend a quirky Asian romance film?
    I've Started getting into Asian cinema and I absolutely loved the Japanese film "Love Exposure" and the Korean film "My Sassy Girl".

    Something similar to those films would be great.

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Virgin Snow
      Seducing Mr. Perfect
      100 Days With Mr Arrogant
      200 Pounds Beauty
      Unstoppable Marriage
      A Millionaire's First Love

    How long does it take foreign films to go from theaters to DVD?
    I'm not talking about when the movie will be released in the US, but how long the wait usually is for foreign films to be released on DVD in the country it was made/premiered in. Does the time period differ a lot from country to country, or is it generally the same?

    I'm interested in knowing the answer for any country, but I'm particularly curious about what the wait would be like for a Japanese film.
    The reason I'm asking is because I hate cam rips 😛 I want to watch something actually ripped from DVD and/or buy it directly if that would be quicker than waiting for an American release.

    • ANSWER:
      Piratebay. Why wait?

    Is there a way to watch a ripped movie with subtitles on a PS3?
    I got this Japanese film called 'Aftershock' and have a separate subtitles file for it on my PC. But how do I make the subtitles work in the PS3?

    • ANSWER:
      u should be able to get to it by clicking triangle when the movie starts so the little menu pops up then go to the box with circles in that is subtitles just click on it till it says english subtitles
      that should work
      sorry if it doesnt

    Is there any more films like the girl who leapt through time ?
    its a Japanese film and i wanted to know if there is any more films like this one ?

    • ANSWER:
      Try バブルへGO!! タイムマシンはドラム式, it was a pretty good movie.

    where can i watch japanese horror films?
    Anyone know of a good website that has subbed and good quality japanese horror films? The sites I've been able to find have crap quality or no subbs.

    Also, know any good japanese horror movies to check out?

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    Can you get in trouble for downloading copyrighted content from other countries?
    I'm downloading a torrent of a pretty large collection of copyrighted Japanese films. They're actually pornographic material, not movies. I'm not using peerblock or peerguardian because it was really slowing it up, and it's already very low on peers so I kind of had to not use it. The torrent is also at least 2 months old. My question is can I get in trouble for this? Would some Japanese filmmaker actually take time to contact my ISP? And if they did am I even liable? Thanks for any information

    • ANSWER:
      I think you'll get in trouble if they somehow get a hold of your ISP address, but I think the chances of that happening are slim. However, I have a feeling that copyrighted downloads are going to start getting harder down the road now that the Japanese and English-speaking companies that release this stuff are starting to crack down on sites that post or host their material.

    What is the scariest movie you have ever seen?
    Hi, im after a scary movie to watch with my boyfriend. REALLY Scary, i hear japanese films are the scariest? Anyone know any scary japanese films? Just really, tell me the scariest u have ever seen.
    Ive watched,
    The haunting in connecticut
    Paranormal Activity
    & Orphan, Oh and The Unborn..
    Any others?!

    • ANSWER:
      any of these:

      1. “Psycho”

      2. “The Exorcist”

      3. “Halloween”

      4. “Alien”

      5. “Night of the Living Dead (1968)”

      6. “Jaws”

      7. “The Shining”

      8. “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)”

      9. “Dawn of the Dead (1978)”

      10. “Rosemary’s Baby”

      11. “The Silence of the Lambs”

      12. “The Blair Witch Project”

      13. “Nosferatu”

      14. “Frankenstein (1931)”

      15. “Nightmare on Elm Street”

      16. “Carrie (1976)”

      17. “The Thing (1982)”

      18. “Bride of Frankenstein”

      19. “The Haunting (1963)”

      20. “Poltergeist”

      21. “Suspiria”

      22. “Wait Until Dark”

      23. “The Birds”

      24. “Don’t Look Now”

      25. “Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn”

      26. “The Innocents”

      27. “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer”

      28. “Freaks”

      29. “Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)”

      30. “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, (1921)”

      31. “The Omen (1976)”

      32. “The Fly (1986)”

      33. “Seven”

      34. “The Re-Animator”

      35. “The Sixth Sense”

      36. “The Ring (2002)”

      37. “The Evil Dead”

      38. “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1933)”

      39. “The Hitcher”

      40. “Near Dark”

      41. “Dracula (1931)”

      42. “Vampyr (1932)”

      43. “Onibaba”

      44. “Scream”

      45. “Aliens”

      46. “Creature from the Black Lagoon”

      47. “Session 9”

      48. “Nosferatu the Vampyre”

      49. “Black Christmas”

      50. “When a Stranger Calls”

      51. “Repulsion”

      52. “Misery”

      53. “Horror of Dracula”

      54. “The Others”

      55. “Jurassic Park”

      56. “The Seventh Victim”

      57. “Peeping Tom”

      58. “28 Days Later”

      59. “Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)”

      60. “The Hidden”

      61. “May”

      62. “Shaun of the Dead”

      63. “Last House on the Left”

      64. “10 Rillington Place”

      65. “Salo”

      66. “Cat People (1942)”

      67. “Frailty”

      68. “The Howling”

      69. “Trilogy of Terror”

      70. “Blue Velvet”

      71. “I Walked with a Zombie”

      72. “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”

      73. “Martin”

      74. “Deliverance”

      75. “Carnival of Souls”

      76. “The Vanishing (1988)”

      77. “Masque of the Red Death”

      78. “The Night of the Hunter”

      79. “Salem’s Lot”

      80. “Fright Night”

      81. “Black Sunday (1960)”

      82. “Scream 2”

      83. “Dressed To Kill”

      84. “The Stepfather”

      85. “Friday the 13th”

      86. “The Exorcism of Emily Rose”

      87. “Let’s Scare Jessica to Death”

      88. “The Brood”

      89. “Dead-Alive”

      90. “Open Water”

      91. “The Mummy (1932)”

      92. “Requiem for a Dream”

      93. “Signs”

      94. “The Wolf Man”

      95. “Phantasm”

      96. “The Night Stalker”

      97. “Brides of Dracula”

      98. “M”

      99. “God Told Me To”

      100. “Eyes without a Face”

    Do you feel Japanese horror films are really confusing?
    I admit they make great horror films but their way of film making is such that its very difficult to follow the plot & sometimes even understand a few twists with all the flashbacks. I do watch a lot of Japanese horror films but I still feel like sticking to hollywood horror films as they tend to have a linear plot.

    Do you agree with my observation?

    • ANSWER:
      I can't disagree that Hollywood horror films tend to have a more linear plot. I think they err on the side of overexplanation while Japanese movies are more likely to underexplain, but I also think at least some of the confusion is cultural.

      Did you know whistling at night is considered bad luck in Japan? Because I didn't until recently, and if a movie decided to use a person whistling at night as a plot device, I would have had absolutely no idea what was going on.

      I think horror movies are more susceptible to cultural differences than other genres. They build tension by giving clues that something is about to go horribly wrong- all the crosses are upside down and this is room 13 and one of those guys said good luck instead of break a leg before she went on stage- and the audience recognizes them and knows what they imply. They have very specific ideas about where the monster will come from and what it will look like, and even if a filmmaker doesn't follow those expectations s/he will at least acknowledge them. But superstitions can vary a lot between cultures so you may well find yourself spending half the movie wondering how a painted wall could be a monster and why that's scary.

      I imagine that some of our movies are really confusing to Japanese people, too.

    How do I take screen shots of movies?
    I'm doing a major essay in high school over some thematic elements in Japanese film. Anyways, to illustrate some of my points it'd be nice to have a clear images ,of my choosing, from the movie. How do I take screenshots of a movie while it's running on my computer? Also, what constitutes fair use?

    • ANSWER:
      You press "Print Screen" on the top right of your computer, next to Scroll Lock. Then after you pressed it, you open Paint, or whatever you use and you just paste it there.

    Did Suzanne Collins ever claim that Battle Royale was an inspiration for the development of the Hunger Games?
    If you haven't seen/read Battle Royale, it's a Japanese film about a class of students who are forced to kill one another. The last one surviving is the winner. It's a lot more graphic than the Hunger Games, but the two texts have a lot of similarities. Did Collins ever mention that she was inspired by Battle Royale?

    • ANSWER:
      lol no. But you can bet 100% that she was.

      Collins' story about her inspiration was that she came up with the idea for The Hunger Games while watching news coverage of the war in Iraq while simultaneously flicking through channels filled with reality programming, which is exactly as unlikely as it seems. Where did the whole protagonists-attempting-to-outmaneuver-the corrupt-government-which-subjugates-its-citizens-through-broadcasting-their-children-fighting-each-other-with-weapons-in-a-closed-arena thing come from out of that? The whole news-meets-reality TV thing seems to be completely made up entirely for the purpose of deflecting accusations of plagiarism.

      She also cites the conveniently old myth of Theseus, as well as her dad being away in Vietnam, despite there being none of the themes you would expect to see in a work that was "inspired" by a parent going away to war. The Hunger Games also sets itself apart from the Theseus myth in the same regard. The myth of Theseus is about a hero saving the people from a monster, which is superficially the same as HG, but with themes of heroism and aggression instead of angst and martyrdom.

      Then there's the whole three inspiration sources thing. Usually inspiration works like this: one source of inspiration combined with existing genre preferences. JK Rowling was inspired by that book she ripped Dumbledore's image from + the boarding school genre. JRR Tolkien was inspired by Norse mythology + quest genre. Collins, on the other hand, is like "yeah, my dad went to Vietnam and it inspired me to write a book about it, and also, I was watching TV and the channels started to blur, and also, if you don't believe me, then, uh, Theseus, too.

      Real inspiration: Battle Royale comics + contemporary YA science fiction

      A lot of modern authors attempt to claim inspiration this way. No one wants to admit that a source of their inspiration is a contemporary, so you get stupid stuff like Stephanie Meyer claiming her inspiration for Twilight was Shakespeare instead of steamy vampire-sex pulp fiction.

      So when an author is inevitably asked "What was your inspiration?", out comes the long list of dead authors, or, in Collins' case, complete bullsh*t.

    What was the last movie or show to totally take your mind off everything?
    i watched koizora, and because it is a japanese film it really takes your mind off things because i am curious about other cultures.

    It was a really sad movie and got me thinking.

    you and your sign?
    im a cancer

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      3rd Rock from the Sun-hilarious, intellectual, a group of aliens, looking like humans, trying to understand humankind. The lead guy is so dramatic and interesting. Acts like a fire dominant. Lol
      Deathnote-physcological battle of wits between a scorpio and pisces. Then a Taurus and Virgo join in later.
      Elfen Lied-psychological. There's so much going on, especially in the manga. Very deep

    Did anybody find the film Audition really odd?
    I just couldn't seem to understand it that well at all. I love Japanese films and films that really provoke your mind but this was just a blur, me and my friend sat there a few minutes after watching it thinking wtf did we just watch? lol

    Did anybody feel the same? perhaps somebody could clear it up for me?

    • ANSWER:

    What are the weirdest movies you've ever watched?
    Mine would be
    2001 Space Odyssey
    The Butterfly Effect
    Donnie Darko
    And two Japanese films where a girl turns into a chair and a hobo lives in a sewer. Don't know what the name of those movies are.

    • ANSWER:
      The Human Centipede
      Tokyo Gore Police
      Eternal Sunshine of This Spotless Mind


    Where can I read Japanese film reviews of "Letters from Iwo Jima?"?
    I just saw the film and enjoyed it, but had a few questions and reservations (e.g., only the most American-influenced Japanese soldiers seemed capable of mercy or compassion).

    I'd like to know how Japanese film critics have received the film. I know it's playing in Shibuya, for example, and was a box office hit in its first weekend, but can't find any reviews online.

    I am especially interested in finding professionally published film reviews on the film, available online, from Japanese media, i.e. newspapers, magazines, TV broadcasts.

    I'm posting this question here instead of under "film" in hopes of reaching more people who are in Japan, or who have more access than I do to Japanese media sources.

    • ANSWER:
      Like Alex says there are few actual film critics in Japan. Basically, a film critic's job in Japan is to get people to watch movies. Therefore being critical is not part of the job description. Typical Japanese "film critics" always find something nice to say about even the lamest flicks-"action fans will enjoy this one", or fans of so and so won't want to miss it.

      A film that is actually really good often just gets described with superlatives, not with any real description of why it's so good. Or else the reviewer just says he found the movie heartwarming or inspiring or something subjective like that. Thus all movies are above average in Japan according to the critics.

    Help identify Japanese Superhero Vampire movie from the 1960s?
    I saw a movie on TV as a child. It was dubbed Japanese film, in black & white and starred a hero in a skintight outfit fighting zombies or vampires or witches. That's about all I can say. I've been curious what it is for the longest time.

    I've read about "Super Giant" (1957) and "Space Chief" (1961) but I don't think those are it. They look similar to be sure, but none of those ever mention vampires, undead etc.

    Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      I have no idea, but can't wait to find out. The only Japanese zombie movie I know is Wild Zero.

    What are good supernatural/ghost/folklore/ films?
    I really like Japanese films like 'Ugetsu', 'The Woman in The Dunes' and 'Kwaidan' kind of supernatural or offbeat magical-realism films, not technically horror but odd enough. Are there any good examples of other films like these out there? I'm a big fan of 'Pan's Labyrinth' too

    • ANSWER:
      You should watch the tv show 'supernatural' all there episodes are based on real folklore from different cultures, it's a great show. It's on friday evenings on cw or you can watch it online on tvduck.com.

    A Japanese Horror Film That Was On Showtime?
    I Saw This Japanese Film On Showtime About 3 Years Ago & I Don't Remember The Name Of It. All I Remember Is That People Were Just Fading Away Like Vanishing Into Then Air If They Saw Shadows Or Something Like That & The Ending When The Girl Escaped On A Boat. I Believe It Came Out In 2003.
    If You Can Help Me Out That Would Be Great But I Know This Isn't Very Detailed So I Understand If No One Finds It.

    • ANSWER:
      It might be Pulse (Kairo). I vaguely remember that movie ending on a boat.

    Why are all the Oscars go to weird movies?
    I don't watch the Oscars any more. Only the strange movies ever win.

    Why is that?

    I think the only good movie of the bunch was that foreign Japanese film.

    • ANSWER:
      yeah i know what you mean, that's why i don't watch oscars any more. they always choose by political or by some other reasons and they never judge how good the movie really is. So, now i watch cannes film festival and some other european awards

    Are there any movie theaters in America (specifically North America) that show Japanese films?
    I live in Ohio, and also happen to enjoy Japanese films as well as American films. Unfortunately, they don't show Japanese films (that I'm aware of) in America. Does anyone know a movie theater that shows Japanese films? (Any kind but specifically anime)

    • ANSWER:
      I live near SF Ca, and there, there is "Japantown" where I'm sure you could find a Japanese movie. Maybe if there's a Japanese section of town near you, or you just ask someone from Japan who lives here, you might find something....Hope that helps!

    How do include subtitles when using ConvertXtoDVD?
    I am downloading some Japanese films that have the subtitle files (srt, sub, idx). When using convertxto dvd how do I include the subtitle files? Also, some of the films have both the .sub file and the .idx/.srt What does this mean?

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a step to step guide tells you how to Add Subtitle to DVD with ConvertXtoDVD
      If you still have questions, contact with me or keep asking on http://answers.yahoo.com

    What Japanese movie am I thinking of?
    I can't remember what the title of the movie it was called, but in 2004 there was this movie out about girls in Japan who were taken as kids and trained to be like assassins. It wasn't a Japanese film because all the actors spoke English perfectly without it being dubbed. Also, there was this scene and to find the final assassins who were trained the best all the girls had to kill each other and it was this big fight scene where they have to fight to the death. And these two girls became best friends and one of them dies at the end. Anybody know?

    • ANSWER:
      Chek law dak gung (2002)
      aka Naked Weapon

      Like a contagious virus, pretty and athletic girls in their teens start disappearing around the globe one after another. The mastermind behind these abductions is Madame M, who plans to train these girls into professional killers. After several years of gruesome training, only Charlene, Katt and Jill survive and become the world's most sought after professional killers. On a recent mission to assassinate someone in Hong Kong, however CIA agent Jack, who vows to help her reclaim her past by eliminating Madame M.

    I'm looking for some really good, gory, scary Japanese movies that I can get on Netflix. Any ideas?
    I have Netflix and am currently looking for the type of movie mentioned above.

    I've seen some of The Audition on Youtube (in clips, obv) but not all of it, and I've seen Suicide Circle.

    I love horror films, and am currently in the process of learning Japanese, so if I get some Japanese horror films I might be able to get my listening fluency up.

    What movie(s) should I get?

    Thanks ahead of time! :)

    • ANSWER:
      Here are a whole bunch of good ones. Not sure of their status on netflix:

      Audition (aka Ōdishon)
      Cursed (Yoshihiro Hoshino, 2004)
      The Curse
      Dark Tales of Japan series (various directors)
      Dark Water (aka Honogurai Mizu No Soko Kara)
      Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Live Action (aka When The Cicadas Cry)
      Infection (aka Kansen)
      Jigoku (1960)
      Jisatsu saakuru (aka Suicide Club or Suicide Circle)
      Ju-on, Ju-on 2, Ju-on: The Grudge, Ju-on: The Grudge 2
      Kairo (aka Pulse)
      Pyrokinesis (2000)
      Kwaidan (1964)
      Marebito (2004)
      Naked Blood
      Onibaba (1964)
      One Missed Call (aka Chakushin Ari)
      One Missed Call 2 (aka Chakushin Ari 2)
      One Missed Call: Final (aka Chakushin Ari: Final)
      Parasite Eve
      Premonition (aka Yogen)
      Reincarnation (aka Rinne)
      Ring, Rasen, Ring 2, Ring 0: Birthday
      Sweet Home
      Tetsuo: The Iron Man (aka Tetsuo)
      Tokyo Gore Police TGP
      Tomie (film series)
      Unholy Women

    What's a scary movie with a really good plot?
    What's a MODERN( last ten years) scary movie with a good plot. By good plot, I mean, a plot that is creative and unique and took some thought to write.

    Do not say: The ring, the exorcist, paranormal activity, or a Japanese film !

    • ANSWER:
      Wow really there have only been like 3 original ideas for a major motion picture in the last ten years good luck with getting a good answers because the answer is none.

      well I know one but it's older than ten it's 13 years old it came out in 1999 so i won't even mention the title.

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