As part of their 113th Ranking Research, DIMSDRIVE Research asked their online panel what Japanese movies would they recommend to foreigners.

Demographics

5,537 members of their monitor panel successfully completed the questionnaire. 55.0% of the sample was female.

“It’s Hard Being a Man” (Otoko ha Tsurai yo) series seems a rather strange choice, as from what I can gather the plots (or is it plot singular?) are based around such Japanese values that they would be rather difficult to translate, and even with a good translation the cultural cues would be lost on the average viewer. I suspect it might be like recommending the Carry On series to the Japanese as a means of understanding the UK!

Ranking results

Q: Which Japanese film would you most recommend to a foreigner to watch? (Sample size=5,537, free answer)

Rank 日本語 English title Votes
1 男はつらいよ(シリーズ) It’s Hard Being a Man (Series) 272
2 七人の侍 Seven Samurai 197
3 となりのトトロ My Neighbour Totoro 151
4 武士の一分 Love and Honour 131
5 火垂るの墓 Grave of the Fireflies 81
6= ALWAYS 三丁目の夕日 Always – Sunset in the Third Street 77
6= 風の谷のナウシカ Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind 77
8 硫黄島からの手紙 Letters from Iwojima 76
9 どろろ Dororo 66
10 DEATH NOTE Death Note 64

Q: Which Japanese film would you most recommend to a foreigner to watch? (Sample size=5,537, by sex, free answer)

Rank 日本語 English title Male Votes
N=2,492
日本語 English title Female Votes
N=3,045
1 男はつらいよ(シリーズ) It’s Hard Being a Man (Series) 162 男はつらいよ(シリーズ) It’s Hard Being a Man (Series) 110
2 七人の侍 Seven Samurai 144 となりのトトロ My Neighbour Totoro 107
3 武士の一分 Love and Honour 62 武士の一分 Love and Honour 69
4 となりのトトロ My Neighbour Totoro 44 火垂るの墓 Grave of the Fireflies 58
5 硫黄島からの手紙 Letters from Iwojima 41 七人の侍 Seven Samurai 53
6 風の谷のナウシカ Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind 31 ALWAYS 三丁目の夕日 Always – Sunset in the Third Street 47
7 ALWAYS 三丁目の夕日 Always – Sunset in the Third Street 30 風の谷のナウシカ Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind 46
8 男たちの大和/YAMATO Yamato 30 どろろ Dororo 42
9 羅生門 Rashomon 30 千と千尋の神隠し Spirited Away 40
10 幸福の黄色いハンカチ The Yellow Handkerchief 28 DEATH NOTE Death Note 39

It is perhaps interesting to note that even in the detailed breakdown by age group Hayao Miyazaki was the only animation director to merit having his movies listed Ghibli was the only animation studio to merit having their movies listed. Thanks Klaus. Also, thanks to YTSL for the English title of Bushi no Ichibun.


1 Comment

eddie guerrero · February 9, 2009 at 03:14

Tampopo and Ichiru should be up there, in my opinion.

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