While most people criticize Bollywood for not making original films, it might shock you that some of the biggest Bollywood blockbusters are copied from Japanese movies. Japanese Movies come with a special taste.
We all grew up watching Japanese cartoons, and not to talk about the fandom of Japanese anime.
Talking about Bollywood filmmakers taking inspirations from other countries’ movies, most of the actors believe that either the whole movie or some scenes of the movie are copied from some Hollywood flick.
For instance, the telephone scene from Bade Miyan Chote Miyan is copied from Will Smith starrer Bad Boys. Similarly, the old love watching scene in Barfi was copied from the romance drama The Notebook.
It is very interesting to know what special Japanese movies can offer. No doubt that they came up with some great stories that became a milestone in Bollywood movies.
Here we summoned some Bollywood movies that are inspired by Japanese Cinema.
Koshish starring Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya Bachchan in the lead role looks like a typical Bollywood romance drama. Well, the Gulzar directed movie Koshish is very similar to the 1961 release Japanese movie Happiness Of Us Alone.
The story revolves around a couple with a hearing and speech impairment who face many difficulties with raising their son. After the death of the wife, the man raises his son himself.
Well, it is not the exact copy of the movie, but it is heavily inspired by the Japanese flick.
Woodstock Villa (2008)
Woodstock Villa is a mystery thriller movie with Arbaaz Khan and Sikandar Kher in the lead role. The story revolves around Jatin whose wife goes missing.
Later, he receives a call from the kidnappers asking for a hefty ransom amount of 50 lakhs. Everything in the movie prepares you to witness the ending twist.
Even though the movie failed to impress the audience at the box office, the movie is interesting to watch. The story of the movie is very similar to the 2000 release Japanese movie Chaos.
The National Award Winner movie Inkaar is one of the classic mystery movies in Bollywood. The movie focuses on the life of Inspector Amarnath who helps Haridas, a businessman to find his chauffeur’s son.
In the movie, chauffeur’s son is mistakenly kidnapped by the ex-employee in place of Haridas’s son. To be honest, this twisted tale is not an original Bollywood movie.
The movie is heavily inspired by Akira Kurusova’s Japanese movie High And Low which was released in 1963.
Utt Pataang (2011)
The low budget Bollywood drama movie starring Vinay Pathak and Mona Singh in the lead role is a delightful movie to watch.
The story revolves around the character Ramvilas who befriends Koel and asks her to come to his home to spend a night together.
The movie became chaotic when his ex-girlfriend returns home to retrieve her belongings. The movie looks interesting at first glance. The only problem is that the movie is not an original idea at all.
It is a rip off version of the 2005 Japanese movie A Stranger Of Mine.
The Burning Train (1980)
The Burning Train is a popular Bollywood movie that featured an ensemble cast of big Bollywood names like Dharmendra, Jitendra, Vinod Khanna, Danny, and many more.
The movie focuses on the passengers and their struggle when the Train became unstoppable and bombed.
The story of the movie is heavily inspired by the 1975 release The Bullet Train which is a classic Japanese Movie. From concepts to scenes, the movie has inspired many directors to make a movie like this.
For instance, The Burning Train is not the only Bollywood movie inspired by The Bullet Train.
The action Thriller Tezz directed by Priyadarshan was released in 2012. The movie starred Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor, and Kangana Ranaut in the lead role.
The story of the movie is very similar to the story of the Japanese movie The Bullet train.
It focuses on Aakash who plots a terrorist attack on a train in London. Arjun who is a counter-terrorism officer tries to negotiate with Aakash and also trying to trace his location.
While most of the action stunt in the movie is copied from Hollywood movie Speed. The plot is inspired by the classic Japanese movie.
China Gate (1998)
China Gate is heavily influenced by some of the legendary movies like Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai, Guns of Navarone, The Dirty Dozen, and Bollywood classic Sholay as well.
The movie focused on the group of ex-army officers who reunite for a mission.