People love to experience places that they’ve never been to before, and may never visit during their lifetimes. That is why we love to watch movies set in ‘exotic’ locations. We may never get the chance to walk down the streets of Tokyo or Beijing, so our visits occur through watching them in films.
Today, Japan was hit with the biggest tsunami in its recorded history. The Tokyo earthquake registered as an 8.9. In honor of the beauty that is Japan, I wanted to share some movies that capture its land.
The five films listed below were all set in, and actually filmed in, Japan.
Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
This is the third movie of the Fast and the Furious. The storyline centers on a young American man who gets involved in the illegal street racing scene in Japan. The majority of the movie was actually filmed in Tokyo, although some scenes were filmed on the streets of Los Angeles.
Letters from Iwo Jima
Directed by Clint Eastwood, the film portrays the Battle of Iwo Jima from the view point of two Japanese soldiers.
The Last Samurai
Tom Cruise stars as a troubled American soldier who finds peace in a Japanese village.
Certain parts of both Kill Bill 1 and 2 were filmed in Japan. Scenes depicting events from the characters’ past lives lead the characters back to Japan.
Did you know that this movie was actually a remake of an original Japanese horror movie? The American movie was filmed in Japan and directed by the original director.