|Above, Shibuya Crossing. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Condé Nast Traveler has posted the "Best 50 Travel Films of the Past 50 Years."
There's a lot of old favorites, such as If It's Tuesday, This Must Belgium (1969) that I first saw during summer school in 1970. One of my teachers had a 16mm print of it.
The list is in slideshow format and Japan is well-represented by Lost In Translation (2003), which featured Shibuya Crossing along with other Japan landmarks.
Before starting the slideshow, it begins with:
It's arguable that, more than any other piece of pop-culture ephemera, movies have the power to transport—to sweep you away on a European adventure (Before Sunrise), cross an African desert (Out of Africa), even send you to Middle-earth (The Lord of the Rings). These 50 films are especially captivating, with well-told stories that evoke the magic (or harsh reality) of travel, or beautiful scenery that overwhelms the senses. Read on for our favorite travel movies of the past 50 years—and get your Netflix queue ready.To see the 50 films, go here.