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Lost in Translation

by Collection

Created 11/24/12

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Film adaptations of Japanese literature, as cited below. Should you need help interpreting, you need only ask nicely!

15 comments

  • By Collection
    November 26, 2012
    10:20 PM

    "Oscar®" is the registered trademark and service mark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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  • By Russell Fry
    January 25, 2013
    02:21 PM

    This is such a fascinating list. I had no idea that so many of these were based on Japanese novels. Have you actually read all of these or at least some of them? In Japanese or translated? I've never read any Japanese literature before but this definitely makes me want to now. Any suggestions on where to start? I was thinking Sword of Doom since that is my favorite samurai flick, but your comment makes it sound a bit daunting.
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    • By Collection
      January 25, 2013
      06:00 PM

      Thanks for expressing your interest in this list. I have not had the pleasure of reading all of the above referenced literature, as many editions are not widely available, but I have taken several courses in the field, purchased and read many of these in translation. The volume from which Sword of Doom was adapted would likely give Harry Potter penis envy. Instead, I would recommend "Patriotism" to a friend as a starting point. Said novella is a quick read, of interest to cinemaphiles as it was written by the director of the eponymous film, and included at no additional cost with every purchase of the current Criterion edition!
  • By Craig J. Clark
    June 11, 2013
    10:35 AM

    You missed Koreyoshi Kurahara's Thirst for Love, which is based on the novel Ai no Kawaki by Yukio Mishima. And does Paul Schrader's Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters not count because its individual segments are culled from multiple works?
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    • By Collection
      June 11, 2013
      11:30 PM

      Glad that we apparently share a mutual appreciation of Mishima's oeuvre. My lists are limited to proper Criterion Collection releases, but if they were ever to be expanded to include Eclipse and other titles then your suggestion of Thirst for Love would be on point. Moreover, your argument for Schrader's well executed biopic is duly noted. Thanks for checking out this and my other lists, and please allow me to say that you have succeeded in generating some fine ones, as well.
  • By Filiusd99993
    June 20, 2013
    11:58 PM

    Where is the Human Condition?
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    • By Collection
      June 21, 2013
      12:30 AM

      You were waiting in the bushes for that one and nailed it! Thanks for bringing the text in question to my attention as it had been unintentionally overlooked until now and is an important addition to the above list.
  • By Bryan_Y
    August 16, 2013
    03:41 PM

    Great list. I have every one of them except four, which are on my list. If only Criterion would start releasing more Mikio Naruse films that were written by Fumiko Hayashi.
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    • By Collection
      August 17, 2013
      10:41 AM

      Word is bond, we could use some earlier ('50s era) Naruse to which you refer such as Meshi, Lightning, Late Crysanthemums, and Floating Clouds. Based on your Collection and list of films "Most wanted in the collection" it would appear that you have a very cultivated taste in cinema. Thank you for leaving a comment.
  • By Orage new vision
    August 18, 2013
    12:03 PM

    cool film
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  • By Alexander Miller
    November 09, 2013
    09:03 PM

    I like this list a lot. I would love to read Dai-bosatsu Tōge, Sword of Doom is one of my favorites. Vengeance is Mine might be a little hard to read since the film was so intense.
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    • By Collection
      November 09, 2013
      09:25 PM

      Thanks ever so much for your input, Alexander. I would do well to give you the same advice that I did Russel Fry above, in that the work from which Sword of Doom is taken is not an easy read. Afraid I can offer no comment as to Fukushū Suru wa Ware Ni Ari, but I wish you the best in locating books that work for you. Say, did you happen to notice that I've generated several new lists recently? I've noticed that you've been in a creative mood, too.
  • By Peter---
    December 09, 2013
    04:01 PM

    Very well done Collection.
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  • By Peter---
    December 18, 2013
    03:27 PM

    Hey Collection, I recently created a follow up to Beginning A Career with Ending A Career, I thought you might like to check it out, and if you have some recommendations they're greatly appreciated.
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    • By Peter---
      December 20, 2013
      03:44 PM

      Ending A Career has some new additions, thought you might like to check them out. I'm running through the entire collection look for more.