Last week, the people of Japan were struck by two natural disasters: an earthquake and a tsunami. The news spread across the globe like wildfire, and countless governments have tried to jump to the country’s aid. Due to the sensitive nature of the events, everyone’s trying to do their part, including Warner Bros studio.
Warner Bros released a statement on Monday morning regarding their Oscar nominated film Hereafter. The movie was directed by Clint Eastwood, and features a major tsunami sequence that destroys a small seaside town. Because of such content, the studio has decided to pull the movie from Japanese theaters.
If you haven’t seen Hereafter, the film centers on three characters who are each affected by death. One of them, Marie Lelay (Cecile de France) experiences a near death experience when she’s caught in the middle of tsunami. It’s because of that tidal wave sequence that Warner Bros felt they should remove the film from Japanese theaters.
The studio’s Japanese representative Satoru Otani said the scenes in the film are “not appropriate.” Oddly enough, the tsunami sequence was the sole reason Hereafter was nominated for an Academy Award this year. The film received a nod for Best Achievement in Visual Effects.
Japan is desperately trying to recover from last week’s events. The death toll has been estimated to stand between 3500 and 10,000, and that doesn’t count the tens of thousands that are still missing. Besides the damage caused by the initial quake and tsunami, the country has dealt with several after shocks and the threat of a nuclear meltdown. In Fukushima, explosions occurred at a nuclear power plant. Two reactors were damaged, while a third is being stabilized.
With all of the hoopla surrounding the country we’re not surprised that Warner Bros wants to put an end to Hereafter’s run. This isn’t the time and Japan definitely isn’t the place. Do you agree with their decision?