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Re: [tlug] Recommendation on watching European/American/Independent movies/TV programs in Japan?

Hi Yasu,

On 07/10/17 22:30, wrote:
> We live in Yugawara (next to Atami).   So yes I see your point but we don't have any Tsutaya around here 😊.   In addition, I think what my wife wants to see are probably found in Tsutaya in the first place, and even if they carried it, the subtitle of a French independent movie might only be available in Japanese (not in English), etc.

I have to complain again that this is something that bugs
me.  Here in Hong Kong, we do get some Japanese movies on
DVD and BluRay for sale with English and Chinese subtitles.
When I visit Japan, I find it strange that the same movies
has no English subtitles at all.  Clearly someone has done
the work of translating...and the subtitles take up very
little space...why not include them?

The reason is obviously what Darren just said about "vested
interests in distributing media based on geographical
regions".  Yes, I know...the local distributor has to make
money, too and I don't want their staff to be
unemployed...but still...

> Basically, what we need is non-mainstream (at least in Japan) titles found in other parts of the world.   

Perhaps give Netflix a try.  [Note:  I'm a subscriber but I
don't own any shares or anything :-) ]  It does have some
non-mainstream shows.  You get a one month free trial and
you can cancel any time.  So, create an account and take a
look at what they have.  If you don't like it, then cancel.

Perhaps its competitors have a similar offer?  I haven't
tried any others...Netflix alone is enough to make my eyes
fall out from fatigue.  :-P


PS:  Darren, loved the Oatmeal comic!  I, too, have been
hoping that Game of Thrones would appear on Netflix.......

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