‘Bullet Train’ Proves Hollywood Hasn’t Lost Its Talent For Upside-Down Visions Of Japan

If you’ve lived in Japan, visited, or just had an unhealthy time on Instagram, it doesn’t take long to realize that something about “Bullet Train” is a little off. David Leitch’s garish, hyper-violent comedy follows Brad Pitt and a host of hitmen on a high-speed shinkansen journey from Tokyo to Kyoto. Only, that doesn’t seem to happen in Japan at all.

Stick around for the end credits and you can catch the movie’s big reveal: it was actually filmed on a Sony backlot in California. Produced during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, “Bullet Train” never even had the chance to land in the country where it’s supposed to be set.

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