Japanese train films

George Robinson grcomm at grcomm.cnc.net
Thu Sep 11 23:42:45 EDT 2008

Bullet Train (1975 or thereabouts) is a good thriller -- the Jan de Bont 
Speed is essentially a rip-off of it, relocated to a bus (!).
There's a pretty significant train sequence in High and Low.

George Robinson

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to the profit of people who know each other but do 
not massacre each other. 

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Rob Smith wrote:
> Here are some quick IMDb links for the ones I can think of off of the 
> top of my head:
> I Just Didn't Do It: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0794350/
> Hana and Alice: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0407851/
> Railroad Man: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0206216/
> Cafe Lumiere: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0412596/
> The Taste of Tea: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0413893/
> Nobody Knows: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0408664/
> Long shots:
> A Gentle Breeze in the Village: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0997184/ 
> (this is more of a train tracks movie than a train movie. They do take 
> the train to Tokyo at one point, though.)
> April Story: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0146271/ (The story begins in 
> a train station in Hokkaido)
> Suicide Club: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0312843/ (Some... scenes 
> take place on subway platforms)
> All About Lily Chou-Chou: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0297721/ (Some 
> important scenes take place on the subway, and in the train station)
> On Thu, Sep 11, 2008 at 9:27 PM, Brian Ruh <brianruh at yahoo.com 
> <mailto:brianruh at yahoo.com>> wrote:
>     Since reading this article [1] in the Japan Times, I've been
>     thinking about Japanese trains. (I love things like subway cars
>     and trains. I think it stems from growing up in a place where
>     there wasn't anything like that.) Can anyone recommend any good
>     Japanese films that prominently feature trains, stations, etc.?
>     (When I try a Google search on the subject, I'm inundated with
>     results for Densha Otoko.)
>     Any time period or genre would be great. (I particularly like the
>     train scenes in Shinkai Makoto's "5 Centimeters Per Second" even
>     though they're animated.) Thanks in advance!
>     [1] http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fl20080909jk.html
>     Best,
>     Brian
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>     http://www.oshiibook.com
> -- 
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