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By Cornelia on Sunday, December 24, 2000 - 1:38 am:

_The Grinch That Stole Christmas_ was released about a week ago here in Tokyo (the Japanese title is simply "Grinch"). We saw it in Kinshicho (1800 yen for adults! You might be able to do advanced purchase at Family Mart for 200 yen less) and IT IS GREAT. But my daughter got upset at the trailer for _102 Dalmations_ because they were "dropping puppies into the black paint". I calmed her down explaining that they weren't really being dropped but were bouncing on a mattress, and you couldn't see the mattress because the camera is filming up at them so you can see their faces and how much fun they are having. !!OUCH!!

Pay attention, the movie is showing on the 7th floor of the Livin Building but tickets are purchased on the ground floor, not to be confused with theaters on the 6th floor (which also houses a pretty good 100 yen shop open until 21:00).

By Sarah on Wednesday, July 25, 2001 - 3:02 pm:

There will be a series of outdoor movie showings at Ebisu Garden Place this summer. The URL info. is all in Japanese, so only my loose translation of the movie titles and schedules below.
STAR LIGHT CINEMA FESTIVAL 7/20/01-9/02/01 (19:00 - 20:30) Admission: Free

7/27 (Don't know the original Title --Year 2001 Space Travel? )
7/28 "Contact"
7/29 "Space Cowboy" (?)

8/3 "Charlie's Angels"
8/4 "Mask of Zorro"
8/5 "Blade Runner -- Final Chapter (?)"

8/10 "You've Got Mail"
8/11 "Coyote Ugly"
8/12 (Forgot this title, the one with G. Paltrow and B. Affleck)
8/13 "As Good As It Gets"
8/14 "Body Guard"
8/15 "Wedding Singer"
8/16 "The Bridges of Madison County"
8/17 "City of Angels"
8/18 "Notting Hill"
8/19 "What Women Want"
and more! ENDS 2 SEPTEMBER

By Misawa on Saturday, September 22, 2001 - 8:38 pm:

Free Movie for kids, Toshima-ku:

26 Sept. (Wednesday) starting at 15:00

Kami-Ikebukuro Library
capacity: 50
tel: 03-3940-1779

Sugamo Library
capacity: 100
tel: 03-3910-3608

29 Sept. (Saturday) starting at 14:00
Ikebukuro Library
tel: 03-3985-7981

Movies are generally animations and always in Japanese. An example would be "Thomas the Tank Engine".

taken from Toshima news 9/15

By Cornelia on Monday, March 4, 2002 - 6:16 pm:

I've added info about The Kiba 109 cinemas which are inside the Ito Yokado "superstore" complex in Koto-ku, Tokyo, to the shopping page at:
This is where I took my daughter to see Monsters, Inc. yesterday which we both enjoyed very much.

Also, there is a list of the Warner/Mycal movie theaters up under the "Entertainment" section of this web site.

By Cornelia on Thursday, March 21, 2002 - 9:41 am:

We saw Sen to Chihiro on Monday night. The English title is Spirited Away.

It is a fairly long animation and won a major film festival prize in Berlin. Hibiya Eiga, just around the corner from the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, is showing it with English subtitles every day at 19:10 (thought the movie actually starts at 19:25).

My daughter (5) loved it! She can't read enough for the subtitles but her Japanese is a lot better than mine. And I also enjoyed it. I could actually follow a plot (heeps better than Pokemon or Digimon).

Hibiya Eiga 03-3591-5353

There's a museum in Mitaka: (some info in English)
that celebrates the animator and mega-star: Miyazaki Hayao
Tickets can be bought at Lawson's convenience stores and are available pre-purchase only for specific dates.

By Natasha on Thursday, January 30, 2003 - 6:56 pm: To find the Japanese title of a foreign movie, type the title in the original language into the search box (on the upper right)and push the search button. Both the original title and the Japanese title will display (in Japanese, not romaji).

By Cornelia on Monday, May 17, 2004 - 12:36 pm:

It looks like the link posted above (2003 Jan 30) for finding Japanese titles for foreign movies might be dead. Has anyone found another resource for this valuable service?

I generally have been using:
for researching theaters and playtimes, but it's only good for Tokyo and Yokohama and currently running movies. It does not include Japanese titles, which is really useful when trying to rent something from a video shop, especially a less popular title.

By Yuko Kubota on Monday, May 17, 2004 - 4:10 pm:

All Cinema On Line is one of the best movie data bases in Japan and it's linked with the English Internet Movie Data Base. You can search official Japanese titles and names by typing the foreign version.

Also the Internet Movie Data Base shows major non-English titles in alphabet, which will come in handy if you can't read non-English font.

But as far as rentals are concerned, I think you can _write down_ English titles and show it to the shopkeeper, and they will check it for you through their computer.

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