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Some sequels make sense, but a “3” or “4” after the title of a Hollywood movie is generally a good reason to stay away unless you happen to be feeling charitable toward a studio with an empty idea bank. I am not alone in thinking so — few Hollywood franchises make it to “5,” let alone “25.”

Japanese moviegoers for long had a different attitude toward sequels: If they liked the first or second installment, they would keep coming back again and again, until the actors and directors either got fed up, burned out or died.

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