Foreign movies (usually “Hollywood” releases) usually premiere in Japan long after they’ve been shown in their home country (usually America).
This is because, I’ve heard, first the movie must be either subtitled or dubbed into the Japanese language…but sometimes the distributors wait to see how the movie does in it’s home country to help determine if it would be worth the cost to show it here.
Here are a few of the many Hollywood movies that are scheduled to be shown in theaters here in Japan in 2011:
- 「アンストッパブル」 (“Unstoppable”)
Stars Denzel Washington in a true story about a runaway train.
It was released in America in November 2010…and is scheduled it show in theaters in Tokyo on 2011 January 7th.
- 「ソーシャル・ネットワーク」 (“The Social Network”)
The story of how Mark Zuckerberg started the internet phenomenom called “Facebook“.
The U.S. release was in October 2010. It will show in Japan on 2011 January 15th.
- 「グリーン・ホーネット」 (“The Green Hornet”)
The story of a masked crimefighter called The Green Hornet and his partner Kato (who was played by Bruce Lee in the 1960′s TV series).
Sometimes American movies are released at the same time (or close to it) in both the U.S. and Japan.
“The Green Hornet” is one such movie. It is scheduled to be shown in the U.S. on 2011 January 14th and in Tokyo on 2011 January 22nd.
- 「トゥルー・グリット」 (“True Grit”)
Stars Jeff Bridges in the role made famous by John Wayne in the 1969 original movie adaptation of this story of a drunken U.S. Marshal in the 19th century “Wild West” who is hired by a fourteen year old girl to track the killer of her father.
The U.S. release of this film was in late December 2010 but won’t hit theaters in Tokyo until March 2011.
Have you seen any of these films? Do you recommend them?
I think “True Grit” looks the best. I’m looking forward to it.