Last week we reported that Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter, which opens with scenes from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, was pulled prematurely from Japanese theaters by Warner Bros. due to earthquake and subsequent tsunami which recently struck the country. Hereafter is not alone—Variety now reports that the Japanese release date for the James Cameron-produced thriller Sanctum has been indefinitely pushed back, as the film features “scenes of a cyclone hitting a South Pacific island and water rushing through a cave.”
The film’s distributers feel that it’s all just a bit too intense for the beleaguered country at this time. Indeed, many others are following suit:
“Other pics with content deemed unsuitable for Japanese audiences have also had their release dates scratched, including Sony’s “World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles,” which was to open April 1, and the nuclear arms race docu “Countdown to Zero,” set to bow on April 16.”
The devastation is also wreaking havoc on films that have yet to even be filmed, as several Japanese films are suffering production delays due to the disarray and damage left in the wake of the natural disasters and subsequent nuclear reactor issues.
How the earthquake and tsunami will affect the Japanese film industry in the long-term, however, remains to be seen.
How do you feel about films being pulled from theater’s due to their potentially upsetting content in the wake of the Japanese earthquake?