‘Oppenheimer’ to be released in Japan in 2024 after months of controversy

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“Oppenheimer,” a biopic about the scientist at the center of the U.S. effort to develop the atomic bomb, will be released in Japan next year, after months of controversy and protests in the country.

Many critics said that the film, which was released in the United States and other countries in July, downplayed the devastating impact of the atomic bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima in 1945, which killed 210,000 people according to some estimates.

“Oppenheimer” was a hit at the worldwide box office and in Asian markets, including South Korea and China. But a release date in Japan was never confirmed, leading to speculation that it would never be shown in the country.

According to Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun, Bitter’s End, the film’s distributor in Japan, said in a statement that the film’s theme “is very important and holds special meaning for the Japanese people”. The company said it decided to release the film in the country in 2024 after “various discussions and considerations”, although it did not give an exact release date.

“Christopher Nolan’s impressive direction and traditional cinematic techniques created a unique viewing experience for the film, and we believe everyone should share that experience on the big screen,” Bitter’s End said in the statement. The Bitters End did not immediately respond to a request for further comment Thursday.

Nolan previously told Variety that he decided not to show the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the film because “the film presents Oppenheimer’s experience subjectively” and he “wanted to stick strictly to that.” Nolan told the magazine that “Oppenheimer heard about the bombing at the same time the rest of the world heard” and that he wanted to show “someone who is beginning to get a clear picture of the unintended consequences of his actions. “

Critics, including anti-nuclear groups, said that “Oppenheimer” failed to give voice to the Japanese people who suffered from the atomic bombings, as well as New Mexico residents who lived near the bomb’s test site and who Are facing continuous health problems. Consequences of radiation exposure estimated decades later.

No ‘Oppenheimer’ fanfare for those caught in the effects of the first atomic bomb

“Oppenheimer” was released on the same day as Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie”; Many called the joint release of contrasting films “Barbenheimer”. Amid the discussion of both films, Warner Bros., which produced “Barbie”, was summoned by its Japanese office as it interacted with social media posts involving Barbie with “Oppenheimer’s” nuclear imagery.

According to Nikkei Asia, one of the images that sparked outrage featured J. Cillian Murphy, playing Robert Oppenheimer, and Margot Robbie, playing Barbie, were shown posing against the backdrop of a nuclear explosion. Warner Bros. Film Group issued an apology amid criticism.

Warner Bros. joins the ‘Barbenheimer’ memes. It was no joke in Japan.

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