Japanese train films
Fri Sep 12 03:20:03 EDT 2008
What a great article! I immediately thought of Galaxy Express 999 (Ginga tetsudo 999) and Night on the Galactic Railway, both narratives centered on train travel.
There is also a silent film that recently (within last 3-4 years?) surfaced, Tokkyu sanbyakku ri (Nikkatsu Kyoto, 1928) with some pretty good on-the-tracks action. If you're really nostalgic for old trains, Nijo station in Kyoto is the place to go--you'll feel like you died and went to heaven, and you can also pick up some great train documentaries (VHS when I got them but maybe now DVD too) with titles like "Japan's Steam Locomotives" (footage from NHK archives).
---- Brian Ruh <brianruh at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Since reading this article  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!
>  http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fl20080909jk.html
> Brian's Essential Reading:
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