Updated: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 19:45:00 GMT
West meets East: Movies about foreigners in Japan

Visitors welcome?



Hugh Jackman stars in The Wolverine from Marvel Entertainment and Fox (© Moviestore/Rex Features)
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  • Hugh Jackman stars in The Wolverine from Marvel Entertainment and Fox (© Moviestore/Rex Features)
  • Michael Douglas stars in Black Rain (© Paramount/Everett/Rex Features)
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  • Tom Cruise stars in The Last Samurai (© Snap Stills/Rex Features)
  • Godzilla (© Everett Collection/Rex Features)
  • Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray star in Lost in Translation (© Focus/Everett/Rex Features)
  • Sean Connery is James Bond in You Only Live Twice (© MGM/Everett/Rex Features)
  • The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 2006 (© Rex Features)
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The Japanese have a word for foreigners: gaijin. The latest gaijin to visit Japan, at least cinematically, is the Canadian X-Man Logan – a.k.a. Wolverine – in the aptly-titled The Wolverine. Exactly how welcoming (or not) the Japanese are to outsiders, Hollywood has played on the assumption that the Japanese are suspicious and resentful towards everyone non-Japanese.

Here we take a look at some other significant movies about foreigners in Japan...

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