My friend, Satomi, and I went bowling and to see Charlie’s
Angels: Full Throttle yesterday. This trip proved to be a very cultural
experience – here are the details.
This was my first trip to a Japanese movie theatre, and I found
the layout to be the same as American movie theatres. They even
sold the extra buttery popcorn and overpriced candy bars that we
Americans have come to expect at movie theatres. I indulged in both
since I hadn’t had anything “American” in a while.
The American theme continued as all of the previews were for American
movies – Bad Boys 2, Legally Blonde 2, Terminator 3, and
Sea Biscuit. This all-American spread really surprised me,
and it made me wonder what role movies have in shaping the image
of America in Japanese minds. I was even more at home once the movie
started, because the film was in English with Japanese subtitles.
I “turned off” my Japanese and just enjoyed watching
a movie in English, something that I hadn’t been able to do
The film featured comedian superstar Bernie Mac, and most of his
lines had me rolling. I didn’t notice initially, but I was
only one laughing at his lines. Satomi gave me a confused look as
to why I was laughing at something that to the rest of the Japanese
people in the theatre, her included, was not funny. It was then
that I realized what was happening. Soon after I found myself on
the flipside of the situation: all the Japanese people were laughing,
while I was silent. I guess this means that I have a different sense
of humor from the Japanese? Who knows? Either way Satomi and I both
had a good time.