and Japanese Movie Audiences Differ
by Ryosuke from Japan
went to a movie theater with my roommate. His hobby
is watching movies. He watches a video movie more
than once a week. In our room, he has put a movie
actress' poster on the wall. He is enthusiastic
was surprised to see that movie audiences
in Japan and movie audiences in America
was very glad when he said that he would take me to
a movie theater. There are no bus services in this
town, and I can not get off campus, but fortunately
he has a car.
always spend my time reading books in the library,
swimming in the pool, or jogging, so I looked
forward to going to the movies.
movie we saw was called The Patriot. It
described the love between a father and his
children during the time of the American War of
Independence. The father had an animosity against
the British army and took revenge for his son's
death. Actually, it is a war story based on
history, but the story was created by a writer for
movie was enjoyable in that sometimes it made us
laugh, and other times it made us cry. It was a
successful movie as entertainment. By the way, I
can not agree that a serious and true story be used
for commercial and entertainment.
most interesting thing was the movie theater
itself. It was different. Though I can concentrate
on watching a movie in Japan, I could not there
because of the reaction by the audience. They
laughed loudly when an actor told a joke and they
applauded at the climax when the main character
killed the enemy. It was amazing to me that they
expressed their emotions openly.
other words, an American theater is a space for
everyone to enjoy in common. If I did that in a
public place in Japan, most of the audience would
look down at me or complain about the noisiness,
and the person beside me might say, "Could you
please be silent?"
seems to be a cultural difference between the U.S.
and Japan. It is said that Americans always express
their emotions and opinions and that the Japanese
always conceal theirs. I'm glad to observe such a
difference because I can feel I am experiencing a
real thing while visiting the U.S.
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