Hollywood inspired by Tokyo

7 Aug

Over the years, Hollywood has remade many Japanese movies and also made original movies that were inspired by Japan.

Here’s a list of some of them that I thought of. Tell me if you can think of others that I may have forgotten.

First, HOLLYWOOD REMAKES OF JAPANESE MOVIES:

  • U.S. remake: “Gatchaman
    Gatchaman (scheduled for release in 2011)

    Gatchaman (scheduled for release in 2011)

    Japanese Translation Of US Title: 「ガッチャマン」 (Gacchaman)

    Original Japanese movie: 「科学忍者隊ガッチャマン」 (Science Ninjas: Gacchaman)

    科学忍者隊ガッチャマン

    科学忍者隊ガッチャマン

    (Click here to see my “Gatchaman” stamps.)

  • U.S. remake: “Astro Boy
    Astro Boy

    Astro Boy

    Japanese Translation Of US Title: 「アトム」 (ATOM)

    Original Japanese movie: 「鉄腕アトム」 (Powerful Atom)

    鉄腕アトム

    鉄腕アトム

  • U.S. remake: “HACHI: A Dog’s Story
    HACHI: A Dog's Story (release date 2009 Aug 8)

    HACHI: A Dog's Story (release date 2009 Aug 8)

    Japanese Translation Of US Title: 「HACHI: 約束の犬」 (Hachi: A Faithful Dog)

    Original Japanese movie: 「ハチ公物語」 (Hachiko’s Story)

    ハチ公物語

    ハチ公物語

    (Click here to read another post I wrote about this movie).

  • U.S. remake: “Shall We Dance?
    Another US remake of a Japanese movie starring Richard Gere.

    Another US remake of a Japanese movie starring Richard Gere.

    Japanese Translation Of US Title: 「Shall We ダンス?」 (Shall We Dance?)

    Original Japanese movie: 「Shall We ダンス?」 (Shall We Dance?)

    shall-we-dance-j

  • U.S. Remake: “The Ringring-usJapanese Translation Of US Title: 「ザ・リング」 (The Ring)
    Original Japanese movie: 「リング」 (Ring)ring-j
  • U.S. remake: “The GrudgegrudgeJapanese Translation Of US Title: 「The Juon」
    Original Japanese movie: 「呪怨」 (Juon (Grudge))

    grudge-j

  • U.S. remake: “Dark Waterdark-waterJapanese Translation Of US Title: 「ダーク・ウォーター」 (Dark Water)
    Original Japanese movie: 「仄暗い水の底から」 (Dark Water From Below)dark-water-j
  • U.S. remake: “Last Man Standinglast-man-standingJapanese Translation Of US Title: 「ラスト・マン・スタンディング」 (Last Man Standing)
    Original Japanese movie: 「用心棒」 (The Bodyguard)youjinbo
  • U.S. remake: “A Fistful Of DollarsfistfulJapanese Translation Of US Title: 「荒野の用心棒」 (The Bodyguard Of The Wilderness)
    Original Japanese movie: 「用心棒」 (The Bodyguard)youjinbo
  • U.S. remake: “The BodyguardbodyguardJapanese Translation Of US Title: 「ボディガード」 (Bodyguard)
    Original Japanese movie: 「用心棒」 (The Bodyguard)youjinbo
  • Eight Beloweight-belowJapanese Translation Of US Title: 「南極物語」 (South Pole Story)
    Original Japanese movie: 「南極物語」 (South Pole Story)

    nankyoku_monogatari

  • Magnificent Sevenmagnificent-sevenJapanese Translation Of US Title: 「荒野の七人」 (Seven Men Of The Wilderness)
    Original Japanese movie: 「七人の侍」 (Seven Samurai)seven-samurai
  • DragonballdragonballJapanese Translation Of US Title: 「ドラゴンボール」 (Dragonball)
    Original Japanese movie: 「ドラゴンボール」 (Dragonball)

    dragonball-j

    (Click here to see an earlier post I wrote about this movie).

  • Speed Racerspeed-racerJapanese Translation Of US Title: 「マッハGOGOGO!」(Mach GoGoGo!)
    Original Japanese movie: 「マッハGOGOGO!」(Mach GoGoGo!)

    speed-racer-j

  • GodzillagodzillaJapanese Translation Of US Title: 「ゴジラ」 (Godzilla)
    Original Japanese movie: 「ゴジラ」 (Godzilla)

    godzilla-j

    (Click here to see an earlier post I wrote about this movie).

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And, HOLLYWOOD MOVIES THAT WERE INSPIRED BY JAPAN:

  • Gung-Ho!
  • Gung-Ho!

    Gung-Ho!

  • The Karate Kid
    karate-kid

    「ベスト・キッド」 (The Karate Kid)

    (Click here for my post about this movie).

  • Lost In Translation
    lost-in-trans

    Lost In Translation

  • Ramen Girl
    ramen-girl

    Ramen Girl

    (Click here for my post about this movie).

  • Mr. Baseball

    Mr. Baseball

    Mr. Baseball

  • Toxic Avenger II

    Toxic Avenger Part II

    Toxic Avenger Part II

  • Sgt. Kabukiman, N.Y.P.D.

    Sgt. Kabukiman, N.Y.P.D.

    Sgt. Kabukiman, N.Y.P.D.

  • Star Wars

    Star Wars

    Star Wars

  • Memoirs Of A Geisha

    Memoirs Of A Geisha

    「SAYURI」 (Memoirs Of A Geisha)

  • Last Samurai

    Last Samurai

    Last Samurai

  • Ronin

    Ronin

    Ronin

  • Fast And Furious 3: Tokyo Drift
    「ワイルド・スピード」 (Fast & Furious) 3: Tokyo Drift

    「ワイルド・スピード」 (Fast & Furious) 3: Tokyo Drift

    Also, I just found this “Pixar ‘Cars’ X ‘Tokyo Drift’“:

  • Black Rain

    Black Rain

    Black Rain

  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

  • Austin Powers: Goldmember

    Austin Powers 3: Goldmember

    Austin Powers 3: Goldmember

  • The Simpsons: 30 Minutes Over Tokyo
    (It’s not a movie…just one episode of a weekly U.S. TV show. But I wanted to include it since the characters go to Japan. And it’s funny.)

    The Simspons "Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo"

    The Simspons "Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo"

  • American Yakuza

    American Yakuza

    American Yakuza

  • The Hunted

    The Hunted

    The Hunted

  • Rising Sun

    Rising Sun

    Rising Sun

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31 Responses to “Hollywood inspired by Tokyo”

  1. tokyo5 May 1, 2014 at 11:03 am #

    There are a couple more recent Japan-inspired movies:

    47 Ronin” starring Keanu Reeves, and
    Emperor” starring Tommy Lee Jones.

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  2. tokyo5 August 8, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    I just remembered another “Japan inspired” movie:

    The Bad News Bears Go To Japan“.

    bears

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  3. Anonymous September 8, 2012 at 6:00 am #

    I never thought about all the remakes of all these movies, it’s very interesting.

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    • tokyo5 September 8, 2012 at 7:51 am #

      Yeah, a lot of movies are remakes of other movies.
      There are many more … not only Japanese, but Hollywood has remade movies from other countries too.

      For example, “We’re No Angels” with Robert DeNiro and “Three Men And A Baby” with Tom Sellick are both remakes of French movies.

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  4. RattRocker October 29, 2010 at 12:07 pm #

    so many good movies on here, I read dragonball manga (and dragonball z) but I don’t like Astro Boy or speed racer that much. I could go on forever about movies that are on this list but nioticeable ones that I have seen include The Last Samurai, Gojira and godzilla, dark water, the karate kid, and eight below, I proabbly wont see dragonball evolution, cpeed racer, or astro boy, but gatchaman looks interesting, what is a science ninja?

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    • tokyo5 October 29, 2010 at 1:12 pm #

      >gatchaman looks interesting, what is a science ninja?

      The full name of the Japanese cartoon that is commonly just called “Gatchaman” in Japan is 「科学忍者隊ガッチャマン」 which means “Science Ninjas: Gatchaman”.

      I used to watch it as a kid in Florida. It was titled “G-Force” in America, if I remember correctly.

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      • RattRocker October 29, 2010 at 10:11 pm #

        G_Force sounds familiar, maybe I have seen some clips from it.

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      • tokyo5 October 29, 2010 at 10:35 pm #

        I liked it a lot when I was a kid.

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      • RattRocker October 30, 2010 at 1:30 pm #

        I see

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  5. Casey April 4, 2010 at 11:07 pm #

    Wasabi is a French movie, spoken almost entirely in French. Isn’t it kind of a stretch to call it “Hollywood?”

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    • tokyo5 April 5, 2010 at 1:43 am #

      You’re right. I knew that was a French movie.
      I wasn’t thinking when I added it to this post, I guess.

      I just removed it.

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  6. yogialb March 24, 2010 at 1:40 pm #

    Which Japanese Movie was the inspiration for Star Wars?

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    • tokyo5 March 24, 2010 at 2:02 pm #

      The Akira Kurosawa film 「隠し砦の三悪人」 (“The Three Thieves of The Hidden Fortress“).

      Star Wars director George Lucas has said that besides the similarities in storyline with Kurosawa’s movie…”Darth Vader” also wears an outfit inspired by Japanese samurai armor, “Light Sabers” are inspired by 刀 (samurai swords), “Yoda” has a Japanese last name, and the teachings of “The Force” have similarities to Buddhism.

      Star Wars was inspired by Japanese traditional culture as well as the Kurosawa movie 「隠し砦の三悪人」 (“The Three Thiefs of The Hidden Fortress“)…so I wrote in this post that it was inspired by Japan.

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  7. tokyo5 August 20, 2009 at 12:56 pm #

    I just added “Gatchman” (I was surprised that Hollywood will use the Japanese title for this movie) and “Astro Boy” to the top of this list.

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  8. soysaucequeen August 8, 2009 at 5:48 am #

    I really do not understand why American try to make Japanese movie(remake).
    In Japan, sometimes people laugh at that… especially horror movie.

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    • tokyo5 August 8, 2009 at 12:02 pm #

      Hollywood remakes many countries movies…Japanese, Korean, French, English, etc.

      I think most people in Japan are surprised about some of the movies that Hollywood directors chose to remake. And they want to see the movie to see how a foreign country interprets a Japanese movie (that often have peculiarities of the Japanese culture in them).

      Sometimes Japanese people are disappointed with the outcome. A big disappoint was the Hollywood version of “Godzilla“.

      And Disney’s “Eight Below” was an over-sanitized version of 「南極物語」.

      Speed Racer” and “Dragonball” were also disappointing.

      But I thought “The Ring” was just as good as 「リング」.

      By the way, today is opening day of “HACHI: A Dog’s Story” (the Hollywood remake of 「ハチ公物語」 starring Richard Gere).
      (This day (August 8 ) was chosen as the opening day because the date is “8/8” and “eight” in Japanese is pronounced “hachi”.)

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  9. tokyo5 August 7, 2009 at 10:14 pm #

    I just remembered another Japan-inspired American movie…
    Sgt. Kabukiman, N.Y.P.D.“.

    I added it to the list (just below The Toxic Avenger, since both of those movies are from the B-movie company: “Troma”.)

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  10. gaijinnosekai August 7, 2009 at 8:03 pm #

    Nice list. You might also want to add American Yakuza 1 & 2 and The Hunted on it. There are 2 Hollywood movies called the Hunted I think but the one that is set in Japan (in Nagoya) stars the French actor Christopher Lambert. I used to love it when I was younger… until I saw it recently and I realised just how badly it sucked lol!

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    • tokyo5 August 7, 2009 at 8:29 pm #

      >Nice list.

      Thanks.

      >You might also want to add American Yakuza 1 & 2 and The Hunted on it.

      Thanks again.
      I added American Yakuza and The Hunted to this list.

      >There are 2 Hollywood movies called the Hunted I think

      Yes, the other one stars Tommy Lee Jones and has nothing to do with Japan.

      I also just remembered the movie Rising Sun starring Sean Connery and Wesley Snipes. I added it to this list, as well.

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  11. In10Words aka "Galileo" August 7, 2009 at 3:51 pm #

    Yes it is 🙂

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    • tokyo5 August 7, 2009 at 3:58 pm #

      Someone should’ve told “Homer” and “Bart” not to wear zori sandals on tatami. 😉

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  12. In10Words aka "Galileo" August 7, 2009 at 3:02 pm #

    whoops, the episode I mentioned was “In Marge We Trust.”

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    • tokyo5 August 7, 2009 at 3:26 pm #

      I changed the image for “The Simpsons“.
      Is it OK now?

      And I added a YouTube clip of Pixar Cars Meets Tokyo Drift.

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  13. In10Words aka "Galileo" August 7, 2009 at 3:01 pm #

    “You liked Rashomon!”
    “That’s not how I remember it…”

    BTW, while the Simpsons episode in question is the one where they go to Japan, the image you’re using is from “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blowfish,” where the family goes to The Happy Sumo, a sushi restaurant in Springfield. Homer ends up eating fugu which turns out to possibly be poisonous.

    Besides those two episodes, the only other Japan-heavy episode that I can of right now is Japanese cleaning product Mr. Sparkle, and its infamous commercial.

    This has been a comment from the resident Simpsons Geek. 🙂

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    • tokyo5 August 7, 2009 at 3:06 pm #

      Did I use the wrong image?
      I didn’t know there are three Japan-related Simpsons episodes.
      (I moved to Japan when The Simpsons was a fairly new series in America, so I haven’t seen many episodes).

      (edit.: I changed the image).

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  14. bartman905 August 7, 2009 at 11:53 am #

    Very interesting and complete list. Wondering if there are any big Hollywood movies that have been remade in Japan?

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    • tokyo5 August 7, 2009 at 12:17 pm #

      >complete list

      Thanks, but no…I just realized that I forgot a few:

      * Black Rain
      * Austin Powers “Goldmember” (the one where he goes to Tokyo)
      * Bladerunner
      and it’s not a movie, but a U.S. TV show:
      * Simpsons “30 Minutes Over Tokyo”

      I just added them to the list.

      >Wondering if there are any big Hollywood movies that have been remade in Japan?

      I heard that there’s a Japanese remake of the U.S. movie “Sideways“.
      I haven’t seen either version.

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  15. Eric August 7, 2009 at 9:56 am #

    “The Bodyguard” is not a remake of “Yojimbo”. The only thing they share is a similar title. There is no romance in Yojimbo, and Kevin Costner does not trick to rival gangs into destroying each other.

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    • tokyo5 August 7, 2009 at 12:14 pm #

      Actually, I knew that “The Bodyguard” isn’t technically a remake of the classic Japanese movie 「用心棒」 (“The Bodyguard“) like “Last Man Standing” and “A Fistful Of Dollars” are.
      But I heard that the director of the U.S. movie “The Bodyguard” said that his movie was inspired by the Japanese movie. And in the U.S. movie, Kevin Costner’s character takes Whitney Houston’s character on a date to watch his “favorite movie”…which was the Japanese movie 「用心棒」 (“The Bodyguard“).
      (Also there’s the scene with the samurai sword 😉 ).

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  16. becomingjapanese August 7, 2009 at 9:48 am #

    “The Last Samurai” seemed more like a Japanese version of “Dances with Wolves” I probably would have enjoyed it more if I hadn’t seen DWW first.

    Very complete list, Thanks!

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    • tokyo5 August 7, 2009 at 12:08 pm #

      I also thought that “The Last Samurai” was similar to “Dances With Wolves“.
      A soldier in the U.S. Army meets warriors from a culture that was considered to be uncivilized by American standards at the time..and decides to give up his Army uniform and learns to become one of them.

      I enjoyed both movies.

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