Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Movie in Tokyo

A movie is a must while in Tokyo. I've learned that unlike the US movieplex, Tokyo movie theaters are often tucked away down an alley or up several stories with little to indicate their presence. So I asked my daughter write down the name of the theater in Japanese. This time I easily found the theater as it was located in a building very close to the train station and the helpful train employee just pointed.

CAST ME IF YOU CAN is low key movie about trying to become famous and what comes with fame. Enjoyable, funny and touching. Directed by Atsushi Ogata with Hiromi Nagsaku and Toru Masuoka in the lead roles. English subtitles.

The movie theater was on the fourth floor and afterwards I walked around and took photos from the windows and a pedestrian bridge into OIOI (say marooee) a department store. Lots of glass and tall buildings. Above is a glass roof that juts out from the Yurakucho Station on the JR Yamanote Line.

Taken from the pedestrian bridge between two buildings.

View from the other side of the pedestrian bridge. I noticed that Shinkansen (aka bullet) trains went by every few minutes. Later I read that the Yurakucho Station is a railway station for the trains in Central Tokyo.

If one looks at the train cars in the right of the photo and then across to the left side of the photo you can see the reflection of the train cars. And, duh, it took me a few seconds to realize the left side was a reflection.

A larger view of the area.

Reflection on the side of the Tokyo International Forum.

The famous Mikimoto Pearl store designed by Toyo Ito is nearby.

A couple of photos for contrast. The colorful flower sellers really stood out in this area.


Glenn, kenixfan said...

I've got a really dumb question and I'd rather ask you than ask my Japanese coworker: why were there English subtitles?

Tokyo is not Hong Kong so the reasons for English subs in HK don't seem to exist in a place like Tokyo.

Is the theater one that caters to non-Japanese?

YTSL said...

Hi sbk --

A short film (about Monmon the water spider) at the Studio Ghibli Museum aside, I've never seen a movie in Japan -- because I (mistakenly) assumed that the Japanese films wouldn't have English subtitles on them. So how does one find out which films will be shown with English subtitles, etc.?

sbk said...

Hi Glenn,

Not a dumb question at all. My answer is I don't know. Most movies I've seen don't have any subtitles.

A guess would be that the movie was going to or had hopes of going to a film festival abroad. The movie I saw last trip had English subtitles as it had been shown at a film festival in the Netherlands. Maybe your Japanese coworker has a better answer.

No, there isn't a theater that caters to non-Japanese.

sbk said...

Hi ytsl,

I don't really know. I read the online Japan Times movie reviews for a few weeks off and on before I go on my trip and decide if there's a must see movie for me with or without subtitles.

Mark Schilling mentioned English subtitles in his review of this movie.

M doesn't live in an expat area of Tokyo so I never see the print Japan Times which might include this info with the movie ad??