Query: Japanese Films Set in New York City

Michael McCaskey mccaskem at georgetown.edu
Wed Jun 20 15:15:07 EDT 2007

I've been looking for a fairly recent Japanese film set in NYC, which is not a crime or detective film.

I've come across "Last Love," a new film starring Tamura Masakazu--but it seems to be a Yoshi-type melodrama, and a DVD of it is not likely to come out soon in any case. 

There's also another Tamura film, "Furuhata Ninzaburo: New York de no Dekigoto" (1996), but it's a TV detective episode.

I got Odagiri's "Hazard," but it's a crime film.

I also got "Sakura Taisen New York NY," but it's way too cute for my purposes.

I would think there must be some good Japanese films set in NYC. I'd even settle for an NYC episode within a film, like the Paris ending of "Tokyo Tower." (I'm not necessarily saying that "Tokyo Tower" is all that good itself.) Or a TV drama.

I'm sure I've missed some, maybe many, Japanese films set in NYC, and would appreciate information you might have about them.

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