Alicia Vikander On Learning Japanese for Earthquake Bird | Netflix

My experience [speaking]
Japanese in Earthquake Bird, it was a lot of work. (Japanese music) What is your job? I’m a translator at Sasagawa. [You have family here?] [No, just me.] [What does your father do?] [He’s an electrician.] (dark music) Speaking another language in a film, I’ve done it a few times. I did a film in Danish, A Royal Affair, which was my first time away from my native language, Swedish. And then of course speaking in English, was a big first step as well. [I didn’t catch up with her.] To learn somewhere between
seven to ten scenes probably, where I spoke Japanese, I had
to memorize every single word. I had both a language
coach, I had an actress. I used my makeup lady every morning, who’s both fluent in English and Japanese. And I actually started
with reading out loud, the scene translated in
English to get a sense of what it is I wanted to
act and to come forward. And if you are bilingual,
you know that it’s such a cultural difference in
how you explain yourself with different words and languages. So when I acted it out in English, they actually rewrote
the Japanese version, because they were like
“Ah, the way you say that or maybe use a bit of sarcasm, or the joy that comes through in that sentence, you would probably explain
this way in Japanese.” So then we went a second round. [But… you photographed me.] The difficulty that we
were facing was of course that I couldn’t learn
Japanese in two, three months. But I wanted to understand as much about the language as possible. And when we did this
translation of the second round, when they had heard me act
the scene out in English, then it was interesting. Because then all these
discussions about what words actually mean and how they come
across in different cultures and how it’s actually very different. And they have a way of addressing people, like we would say “you” to somebody. They have like, I don’t know,
a lot more options of that. And how you address somebody of course, immediately changes what
the situation looks like. And I mean we ended up changing the script and the translation until on the day, which was very (laughing)
difficult sometimes. (dark music) I went to Japan the first
time, four or five years ago. And I think it was the one
country, since when I was a kid, that I really, really wanted to go to. And I had always had this
fascination of their culture. And then to get this chance,
to not only get to go and film in Japan, but
also actually get to have knowledge about the language. And work with I think 75-80%
of our crew were Japanese, which was an experience of a lifetime. And also doing another language or accent, immediately helps you to transform into another character and another person.


  1. 5K subs before Christmas

    November 16, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    Who's been a BIG fan of Netflix before 2019??

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  2. Captin Drawma

    November 16, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    She looks good in the interview and the movie

  3. Pod Dod

    November 16, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    ADD Rick and morty on Netflix

  4. MelendirLannister

    November 16, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    I LOVE Alicia so much, even I am not in women normally 😍

  5. 30k subs with 2 videos?

    November 16, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    What’s best?

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  6. Malin Hessedahl

    November 16, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    Love all of Alicia movies and tv-serie 📷🎥💥😍♥️💗💟💥 Alicia she is so good amazing actress and rolemodel ❤❤❤

  7. arundeep ks

    November 16, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    Keeps surprising me with her range of character potrayals! You go girl💯

  8. Meolafon

    November 16, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    Annoying backround music.
    Lovely Alicia Vikander.

  9. Stevelage

    November 16, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    Everyone who subs me i sub him by 10 accounts

  10. Ramona Flowers

    November 16, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Who else now sees Earfquake instead of earthquake lol. This was actually a really good thriller btw.

  11. ola3rd

    November 16, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    Love Alicia but that movie suckeddddd, very disappointing

  12. Murlynd 73

    November 16, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    Is this the girl who ruined Tomb Raider?

  13. KitKat Savoy

    November 16, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    One of the best actresses of this generation.

  14. Jim Hopper

    November 16, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    This seems like such a cool movie


    November 16, 2019 at 6:20 pm


  16. JCTiggs

    November 16, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    I absolutely love her voice.


    November 16, 2019 at 6:24 pm

  18. Sonia M. E. H.

    November 16, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    que bueno like like

  19. Красивая музыка

    November 16, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    Алисия–ты супер!!!смотрю фильмы,только с твоим участием!!!!

  20. Reshme Subramaniam

    November 16, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    My girl crush! 😍😍😍

  21. So Sage She Savage

    November 16, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    Phenomenal. I wish more actors would give this kind of dedication to linguistic knowledge.

  22. Hasib Kamrani

    November 16, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    Why does she not look like Alicia Vikander??? In the irl interview????????

  23. Reygel Macarenhas

    November 16, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    Likeee, betflix, toping let is go mu channel

  24. andrescontt

    November 16, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    Her performance in this film is BEYOND ACTING

  25. Dahlia Blake

    November 16, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    they should have made her watch anime, jap and english subtitles. Perfect learning strategy.

  26. frankfurtlivede

    November 16, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    Amazing movie

  27. AruwakEM

    November 16, 2019 at 6:58 pm


  28. Patrick B

    November 16, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    She was awful in Tomb Raider

  29. Ms Spears

    November 16, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    It can a huge difference between acting in a different language and culture. I so glad she addressed this simple fact. Makes me want to watch the film. Awesome.

  30. rhythmoriented

    November 16, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    Since falling under her spell in Ex Machina I’ve been impressed by her ability to work through each genre one-by-one: various period dramas, adventure/action with Tomb Raider, some comedic elements sprinkled into Man from U.N.C.L.E., and now such a compelling performance in the thriller Earthquake Bird. 👏 Bravo!

  31. G. B.

    November 16, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    More like earthquake crap

  32. konkinxi

    November 16, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    You should let anime be their I like it like naruto and dragonball z

    Edit:please and thank you(if you do add that back again nexflix peeps)

  33. Thor

    November 16, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    She is one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen. Michael Fassbender is a lucky guy

  34. Priestofbabylon

    November 16, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    Alicia is a smoker, and smokers shouldn't be taken seriously.

  35. cinema_archive

    November 16, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    her Japanese is great in the film, I thought she knows it

  36. Rhynn Jerkil

    November 16, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    I don't understand the movies 😭

  37. Megumi Hayashida

    November 16, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    Her accent is actually remarkable

  38. Youtube is You

    November 16, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    Dude i didn’t know who she was but she is fiiiiiittt

  39. Brando Breh

    November 16, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    My god, she is so gorgeous

  40. Darryl Philbin

    November 16, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    Bro I thought that was Kay Adams

  41. deltavagen

    November 16, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    she is so cute!!

  42. tatia archvadze

    November 16, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    She' so cute! I love her 💕💕💕💕🤗


    November 16, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    beautiful Alice😍

  44. Amirah A

    November 16, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    She did a good job. Clearly she has a good ear. I wonder if she could attempt Arabic, as I've never seen any foreign actor speak it well on screen.

  45. the void shouts back

    November 16, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    How's her Japanese pronunciation?

  46. Uncle Fjester

    November 16, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    Alicia …We should hang out…Call me!

  47. Ninja Plays Games

    November 16, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    Who else is here because YouTube sent you a notification for Netflix?

  48. Russel Furtado

    November 16, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    Performances aside(cause Alicia is great in it) the film in my opinion is quite boring… I stopped 2 times before finishing it… it goes forever… i would have cut 30 min off of the film and have an ending more impactful…just saying

  49. a someone

    November 16, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    you should hire Tina Tran as an actor for stranger things season 4 :))

  50. Mara

    November 16, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    This is cool cause I just started learning Japanese a few months ago and it's actually a lot easier than people have said, and its rlly an incredible language. I hope to be fluent and visit their country one day. Japanese culture rlly is very interesting so this movie came out at the perfect time for me! 🙂

  51. v3nours

    November 16, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    Should have watched Uzumaki Naruto on Netflix Wakata Tebayo !!!!

  52. Chrono Breaker

    November 16, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    Speak great, i take me 6 years write and 8 talking well, was a personal defiance.

    I love the movie and by the way if you are foreing dont trusth 100% in locals!

  53. SuperSuperdude88

    November 16, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    well, so she didnt so much learn japanese as she just copied sounds i guess.

  54. Inspector Zero

    November 16, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    Just cancelled Netflix!
    Do not need to see anymore gay movie covers and 1 Star them without watching.
    Just signed up for Display+ ,
    amazing clean entertainment the way it should be.. and less!
    Will be watching the
    Mandalorian in a few and pumped!
    Tron and tron legacy!
    Yes! Tons and tons more..

  55. S W

    November 16, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    Looking interesting.
    Netflix that's the way to go, we want more unique and cultural diversed content like this. Also wanna see another season of Love Death + Robots!

  56. JiminhoMrC

    November 16, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    Just watched it, tis good

  57. Ever Frost

    November 16, 2019 at 11:54 pm

    Her voice is perfect for ASMR

  58. Jack Benson

    November 17, 2019 at 12:12 am

    when will dragon prince trailer come out if you like I will subscribe to you!

  59. Alicia Vikander

    November 17, 2019 at 1:14 am


  60. yujabes

    November 17, 2019 at 2:23 am

    I love her skin tone. Something about it, like she's glowing.

  61. TOP 4 YOU

    November 17, 2019 at 2:50 am

    ABONNE 🔥🔥

  62. TONY NYC

    November 17, 2019 at 3:03 am

    She is an awesome talented actress.
    Hard not to focus on her. She owns the screen.

  63. Chandra Prakash

    November 17, 2019 at 4:26 am

    Keep it coming Netflix we love these interviews with work experience….in film..good job

  64. DimoPoland

    November 17, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Thanks for the subtitles in this video.

  65. NoodleXXII

    November 17, 2019 at 5:10 am

    Lower the music volume or cut it out altogether. I'm here to listen to Alicia Vikander… Not whatever weird music you have blasting throughout the video, which borderline covers up her talking.

  66. Zuko the MalShi

    November 17, 2019 at 5:47 am

    Super impressed with Alicia Vikander for speaking Japanese almost all the time in the movie. Such a brilliant actress.

  67. Kay Martinino

    November 17, 2019 at 6:32 am

    Her Japanese was really decent
    . Yeah it's a bit accented but it seems natrual and quite convincing that her character started learning the language at 11 and has been living in Japan for 5 years.


    November 17, 2019 at 7:51 am

    Thank god the Japanese people protect their beautiful culture not like others…

  69. Archate

    November 17, 2019 at 10:12 am

    Loved the movie really good…even the silent parts in it are deep

  70. Meldondg Lord

    November 17, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Movie is horrible. What a waste of time. Alicia Vikander is one of the worse acting and boring actresses in this movie.

  71. imbalancEr

    November 17, 2019 at 11:16 am

    She is so amazing, beautiful and gorgeous.

  72. Ben Pickavance

    November 17, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    Whats the background track? from the OST?

  73. Mehmood khan

    November 17, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    Her performance in the movie is brilliant

  74. mindaza0

    November 17, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    she saved the movie

  75. Lexus D'

    November 17, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    so gorgeous.

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