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Japan With Kids - Forums: Consumer Reports: Movie Theaters
By Cornelia on Tuesday, June 13, 2000 - 12:09 pm:

Screen it - help choose the movies your children watch
Created by a husband and wife team, this is an easy-to-use site to help parents get a complete look at popular entertainment that kids (ages 1 17) might see, rent, or buy. It offers detailed content listings in many categories for every movie, video and album reviewed.

Unfortunately, it does not include every movie ever made. From a quick glance it appears to only go back about 2 years, probably more or less equivelent to the age of the site!

Also, it's hard to rate movies for kids. My daughter glommed onto the "Stupid dog!" line in Toy Story 1 (spoken twice), which I at first was shocked by (gee!), but then I decided to deal with it philosophically. She's 3 years old and already so sophisticated sometimes! I didn't want her to call any animal stupid!

Well, it just so happens that every dog walker in my neighborhood knows her personally since she can't leave any dog alone, and loves them all equally. I guess the "Stupid Dog" line did not exactly permanently damage her outlook on dogs!

By Cornelia on Sunday, June 17, 2001 - 9:42 am:

Good Morning! My daughter and I went and watched _The Road to El Dorado_ by Dream Works last night! She was thrilled and I enjoyed it too, though I have to admit that the volume was higher than I needed it. IF you don't know about this movie, you can learn more at:

but you need a powerful computer to handle some of the graphics.

Apparently it is only showing in the Warner Mycal theaters which are no-where in central Tokyo. A list of their locations all over Japan can be found at:

We went to the one in Iitabashi-ku (tel: 03-3937-1551) by car. You get one hour of parking free. We paid 600 yen to park for just under 3 hours (did dinner and shopping as well). You can take the Tobu Toju train out of Ikebukuro and get there much faster (I think it is "Tobu Nerima" station.)

By Betty on Saturday, December 1, 2001 - 7:53 am:

Harry Potter starts in the movie theaters today!

By Pato on Sunday, August 3, 2003 - 5:56 am:

It's always an adventure trying to figure out what foreign movies are playing where in Japan (since they are basically given new titles in this country).

I sometimes try to use a web site such as

to figure it out. Take a look! If only for a laugh. They have the "original" Japanese title in black and then the translation in green. The translation is of the Japanese title and not the original foreign title. You can also experiment with the text translator provided (click box on right side of menu bar at top). You can go both ways (J -> E or E -> J).

Electronic translators are still far from good. However, you can sometimes get good results if you use short simple sentences, with each noun clearly defined. Also make sure you have the grammar right.

By Pato on Wednesday, September 29, 2004 - 11:11 am:

We saw I, Robot at the new United Cinemas at Toshimaen Station. If you go via the Oedo subway line, take exit A2 and turn right 10 yards. They have this gizmo where you put Y200 in your armchair and you get the bass line of the movie's soundtrack up through your spine. I tried it out but personally did not feel it was worth Y200.

The street in front is dead. But if you need food you can find it out the back of the theater building which is an expanse of asphalt leading to the Toshimaen amusement park. There is McDonald's, Starbucks, an Italian pasta place (we ate there; it was good and not expensive, has a drink bar), and some others that I did not really notice). It is a nice theater, but I don't think I would bother going that far again just for "clean and new". If you live out that way, then it is definitely worth putting on your list!

By Mono on Wednesday, September 29, 2004 - 11:22 am:

Hi, does anyone know of movie theaters that show Garfield and Scooby-Doo 2 in English? The theaters in my area show them only in Japanese. I live in Ibaraki and am willing to take my son to Tokyo or Chiba.

By Yuko Kubota on Wednesday, September 29, 2004 - 11:06 pm:

Hi Momo,

Garfield is playing in English, or will be playing from October 1st at;

Hibiya (Miyuki-za)
Shinjuku (Musashino-kan)
Odaiba (Mediaaju)
Itabashi (Warner Mycal)
Minami-osawa (Toho Cinemas)

Saitama Shin-toshin (Movix)

Maihama (Ikusupiari)
Shin-urayasu (Pocket Cinema)
Chiba (Keisei Roza)

Ota (Korona Cinema World)
Isezaki (Movix)

Utsunomiya (Movix)
Utsunomiya (Toho Cinemas)

Scoobie Do Monster Panic doesn't start until October 16th, and I can't find any specific schedules yet.

I'm not sure which place is most convenient for you, so if you can name a specific theater(s) from the above list, I can check a more detailed schedule from the Japanese PIA entertainment data site at

Also, a lot of newspapers list movie schedules on their weekend edition.

By Mono on Thursday, September 30, 2004 - 3:49 pm:

Thank you Yuko-san!!! I've looked at a website like the moviewalker before, but never thought of looking at the PIA site. It's VERY easy to tell which theaters show the films with Japanese subtitles in PIA site!!

Lasy year, I ran into the same problem with the Spy Kids 3 movie, but the search for the movie theaters that showed SP3 with Japanese subtitles was easy because the official website had the theater listings. The official websites of Garfiled and SD2 don't have that. Sure, I can wait until the last minute to find out which movie theaters to go, but I prefer finding them out sooner so I can plan the (possible)trips to other cities better ;->

By Gloria Torrijos on Friday, October 1, 2004 - 9:25 am:

Can anybody tell me which is the web site for Pia?
Thank you!

By Yuko Kubota on Friday, October 1, 2004 - 10:50 am:

This is the PIA site as mentioned on my previous post. It's only in Japanese language.

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