Hey everybody, I’m SO excited today because I’m headed to the movies to check out one of the new releases from home. What movie is it…drumroll please…tatatata tatatata tatatata tatatata (that’s the sound of the drums) CAPTAIN AMERICA!! Huh? When did it come out in America? In July?!? Jesus Herman Christ*. It still behooves me that in the year 2011, Japan has to wait for so long to get movies that were released 3-4 months prior at the U.S. box office. Captain America was released on July 22nd (my birthday) in the U.S., and on October 20th (my Dad’s birthday, oddly enough…HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAD!!) here in Japan
*For those who didn’t know, yes, Christ’s middle name was Herman.
I’m entirely sure that this phenomenon isn’t related to anything more than the return on investment for producers and studios. If a movie is released in the U.S. and it sucks locally, I think the delayed releases give the producers and movie studios a chance to recoup some of their losses. Or if the movie is really good, once its U.S. furor has died down, repeating the process in countries all over the world is a chance to make even more.
Of course there are exceptions where a movie will have a worldwide release. I think movies that have a tremendously large following worldwide fall into that category. For example, I would think movies like Star Wars, Batman, or Lord of the Rings would fall into this category, but I never can tell for sure. Now that I think about it though, was The Dark Knight released on the same date worldwide? Arrgh! I can’t remember.
Because these movies end up being released so late, it drives many English-speaking foreigners, living in Japan straight to the internet to find places to watch the movies they want to see. Sometimes, it’s a hard call. You want to see some things in the theater, but sometimes you don’t know if the movie is going to come out here or not. Or, by the time it does, the movie’s already lost its luster.
Anyway, how was the Captain America movie? Umm, it was decent. I’d give it a 6.5-7.0 on the ten scale. I’m not the biggest Captain America fan, but I thought it was a good movie translation. I can’t explain it, but it just felt like something was lacking. There was some x factor (no pun intended) that didn’t give the movie that kick that I wanted; but not a bad film. Next year, the superhero movies that I want to see are “The Dark Knight Rises” (I’m really looking forward to seeing how they end this trilogy) and the Avengers. I don’t know if Japan will get these movies late, too, but I hope they end up being worldwide releases.