Category Archives: Review: Films Inspired By Japan

Review: Films Inspired By Japan – Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)

It may be lacking in plot and have some fairly average acting at best but there’s something alluring about this WWII film which goes way beyond the beautifully, haunting self-titled theme song. ‘Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence‘ is a powerful character-driven war film … Continue reading

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Review: Films Inspired By Japan – Ronin (1998)

When I first sat down to watch this I felt slightly reassured by its well-known cast of Robert De Niro and the safe pair of hands that is Jean Reno. The former may be a legendary actor but that hasn’t stopped … Continue reading

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Review: Films Inspired By Japan – American Yakuza (1993)

On the back of re-watching and reviewing ‘The Yakuza‘ (1974) towards the end of last year, this was the obvious film to follow that up. Unlike that one though, this gets straight into the action from the offset as Viggo Mortensen, … Continue reading

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Review: Films Inspired By Japan – Star Wars (1977)

  For the average Star Wars fan this may come as a bit of a surprise but many Star Wars fanboys (and girls) and Japanophiles are aware of how much Star Wars was influenced by Japanese cinema and particularly the … Continue reading

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Review: Films Inspired By Japan – Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D. (1990)

Yet another silly movie with p*ss-poor acting but I guess that’s what we’ve come to expect from a low budget independent production company like Troma. ‘Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D.‘ is actually a spin-off from the Kabuki-Boy character seen in ‘The Toxic Avenger Part II‘ … Continue reading

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Review: Films Inspired By Japan – Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009)

As Tokyo Fox is slowly running short of films ‘set’ in Japan to review, it’s time to start a new series analysing those movies inspired by Japan that have been set in other countries, most commonly the USA. Having been to the new … Continue reading

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