Following the harrowing earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck Japan over the weekend, Warner Brothers has ended the Japanese theatrical run of Clint Eastwood’s supernatural film Hereafter early, as the movie opens with startling scenes from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
According to The Hollywood Reporter:
“It quoted Warner Entertainment Japan official Satoru Otani as saying that theaters will no longer show the film, because tsunami scenes in the movie were “not appropriate” at this time.
“Hereafter opened in Japan in late February at around 180 theaters, according to the AP. Warner Entertainment originally planned to show the movie in theaters until late March.”
The Sendai earthquake registered as 8.9 megathrust earthquake on March 11, which triggered a disastrous tsunami which struck Japan just minutes afterward.
Hereafter concerns a woman who, after being caught in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, has a near-death experience and charges herself with the task of proving to the scientific community that life after death does indeed exist. It is the 31st (!) to have been directed by the grizzled actor-turned-director, who is next set to direct J. Edgar, the biopic of J. Edgar Hoover, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the former FBI director and lawman.