Upcoming movies in 2011

2 Jan

あけましておめでとうございます! (“Happy New Year!)
2011 is 「うさぎ年」 (“the Year of the Rabbit”).


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).

Bruce Lee as "Kato" in the 1960's U.S. TV series "The Green Hornet"

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.

12 Responses to “Upcoming movies in 2011”

  1. Dad January 10, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    We went to see True Grit just last night. We thought it was very good, Jeff Bridges does a great job in his role and the young girl was also amazing. I definitly recommend it.


    • tokyo5 January 10, 2011 at 11:41 am #

      Well, you have a similar taste in movies as me…which is to say good taste. 😉
      So, if you liked it, I’m sure I will to.


  2. luvsmovies January 7, 2011 at 5:45 am #

    I can’t wait to see “The Green Hornet”! The explosions on the preview look really good. I work for DISH Network. I just wanted to let everyone know that we offer free PPV coupons when you sign up for autopay on the account. I used my Pay Per View coupon code and recorded Toy Story 3 in HD on my DVR. It made me cry. My son is the same age and getting ready to leave for college next year. It was so well done! I am looking forward to the release of “The Green Hornet” so we can see it together!


    • tokyo5 January 7, 2011 at 10:46 pm #

      I have never heard of “Dish Network”.

      And I haven’t seen any of the previews for “The Green Hornet” yet.


  3. Tom Webster January 5, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

    Wasn’t a fan of social networking, jsut wasn’t my cup of tea…. Looking forward to the Green Hornet though.


    • tokyo5 January 5, 2011 at 7:26 pm #

      I’ll probably wait for the DVD release of “The Green Hornet“, but I might go to the theater to see “True Grit“.


  4. Eric January 3, 2011 at 12:33 am #

    I’ve seen all of them except for Green Hornet. True Grit was good. Social Network was interesting. Unstoppable was OK, but extremely shallow and predictable.


    • tokyo5 January 3, 2011 at 12:40 am #

      >I’ve seen all of them except for Green Hornet.

      Well, “The Green Hornet” hasn’t been released anywhere yet.
      But, you live in Japan too…how have you already seen the others (especially “True Grit”)?

      >True Grit was good.

      I thought that that one looked the best of the bunch.

      (It’s been awhile since you’ve commented on my blog. By all means, please comment often.)


      • Eric January 3, 2011 at 2:16 am #

        Just know that I have seen them.


      • tokyo5 January 3, 2011 at 9:53 pm #

        >Just know that I have seen them.

        I see. I guess I’m old-fashioned…I usually wait for the DVD. Occasionally we watch them at the theater.


  5. fahru January 2, 2011 at 11:16 pm #

    Hey, you have a great blog here! I’m definitely going to bookmark you!
    I have a Movie site/blog. It pretty much covers movie related stuff.

    Come and check it out if you get time 🙂


    • tokyo5 January 2, 2011 at 11:28 pm #

      >Hey, you have a great blog here! I’m definitely going to bookmark you!

      Thank you.

      >I have a Movie site/blog.

      I’ll check it out.


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