Japanese Movies In English

Monday, March 21 by Ed Mulero

These Japanese movies made in English take audiences into the culture and explore the wonders and lives of these people in cinematic form. There are many wondrous tales that are brought to light for a broader audience when they watch Japanese movies in English. Movies set in a foreign land often are filmed in English so audiences outside the country and follow the drama and action like the Japanese characters in the story. The technique employs the viewer to understand that the movie's protagonist communicate in Japanese even though they relate to each other in English. Other times, a foreigner amongst the Japanese people learns to live with the cultural differences despite onl knowing English.

  1. "Memoirs of a Geisha" (2005). Rob Marshall directed this Japanese movie in English about the intimate world of geishas set in Japan 1929. A young girl from a fishing village is sold to a Kyoto geisha house and grows up to become famous in a world of wealth and privilege.
  2. "The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift" (2006). The third installment in the "The Fast & The Furious" franchise takes place in the underground world of Japanese drift racing. A juvenile delinquent, Sean Boswell, travels to Japan as a last chance to avoid prison and gets caught up with a girl who is mixed up with the Yakuza.  
  3. "Black Rain" (1989). A Yakuza member is escort back to his home country by two New York cops, but soon escapes their custody. They become embroiled in the Japanese underworld, where they must play by Japanese rules in order to capture their suspect.
  4. "The Grudge" (2004). Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as an American nurse who makes a living in Japan and soon becomes the victim of a supernatural curse. This movies is a remake of the famed Japanese horror film now remade in English, with an American protagonist who must uncover the mysterious being that haunts her life. 
  5. "Spirited Away" (2001). Acclaimed animator Hayao Miyazaki came out of retirement to write and direct this Japanese Anime feature that set box office records in Japan. The Oscar-winning movie was redubbed in English with actors James Marsden and Suzanne Pleshette for American audiences follows the adventures of a ten-year old girl into a mythical world of gods, witches and monsters. 

  

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