5 Best Hollywood Movies Set in Japan

  • CULTURE
  • Maybe the movie freaks will know some of the best movies that were filmed in Japan. Yes, in fact, there are many world-famous movies that were set in Japan. Those movies usually show us the beauty and uniqueness of Japanese places and culture.

    These are some movies that are quite famous and are worth to watch. Make sure you see them!

    1. The Last Samurai (2003)

    This is the story of two samurais whose cultures make them enemies, but the common value has made them back into companions. This movie was starred by Tom Cruise, on of the scenes were filmed at Engyoji temple. The movie’s plot was inspired by 1877 Satsuma Rebellion led by Saigo Takamori and by the Japan’s westernization by foreign powers at that time.

    2. Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

    I believe whoever sees this movie will really want to visit Kyoto! This movie tells a story about Geisha working in Kyoto before and after World War 2. It is starred by the Chinese actress, Zhang Ziyi as Sayuri (the main character). This movie was filmed in several places in Kyoto such as Gion district, Kiyomizu-dera and Fushimi inari-taisha.

    3. Lost in Translation (2003)

    This American comedy-drama tells the story of Bob Harris (Murray) and Charlotte (Johansson) who develop a rapport after a meeting in Tokyo hotel. Lost in Translation basically shows that they are lost in two things at the same time: alien to Japanese culture and lost in their feelings between relationship and friendship. This movie was mostly filmed in Tokyo (around Shinjuku) and Kyoto (Nanzen-ji and Heian Jingu shrine).

    4. Godzilla (2014)

    A science fiction monster movie that tells a story of a discovery that leads to the awakening of two giant radiation-eating monsters known as “Mutos” who awaken a bigger and more powerful predator known as Godzilla. Some parts of this movie were filmed in Tokyo.

    5. Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

    This movie is about a teenager that become a major competitor in the world of drift racing after moving to Tokyo from America, as his father avoids Jail sentence. This movie was filmed in several famous areas of Tokyo such as Shinjuku, Shibuya crossing, Harajuku, and other scenes shot in the United States.

    If you still haven’t seen some of these, you absolutely have to give them a try now!

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