How do I say 'X movies' in Japanese? By this I mean a movie about X, not X made that movie. An example to illustrate what I mean is:

There are a lot of Steve Jobs movies

It is clear that Steve Jobs himself did not make the movies. How I thought to phrase this would be スティーブ・ジョブズの映画。But doesn't this mean 'Steve Jobs' movies', indicating Steve Jobs is in possession of the movie?


But doesn't this mean 'Steve Jobs' movies', indicating Steve Jobs is in possession of the movie?

It could, because the Japanese [noun]の[work] can casually denote every kind of association between the noun and work (but I think "[noun] movies" is highly ambiguous, too).

村上春樹の小説 is likely to be "a novel by Haruki Murakami", but 涼宮ハルヒの小説 must be "a novel featuring Haruhi Suzumiya", and 米澤嘉博の漫画 should be "manga owned by Yoshihiro Yonezawa". How about 村上春樹の映画? Maybe he made, performed, became the subject, or provided the original work. (Only the last thing is what he really did, as far as I know.)

If you want to tell "movies about Steve Jobs" without misunderstanding, you can have some workarounds:

スティーブ・ジョブズを撮った映画 (if filmed while he was living)

By the by, if you want to categorize them as a "Steve Jobs movies" genre, you can say:


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    @CipherBot Note that they are "workaround". They are all a bit too stiff and might sound a bit unnatural depending on the situation. When Japanese talk about クリント・イーストウッドの映画, we just don't distinguish a film featuring Eastwood and a film directed by him. Ah, perhaps we say イーストウッド主演の映画 (featuring,) イーストウッド監督の映画 (direction,) and イーストウッドの伝記映画 (biographical film) [though the last one doesn't really exist as far as I know] – nodakai Mar 13 '16 at 9:33

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