“Oppenheimer” is finally going to be released in Japan. The blockbuster hit film is about the U.S efforts to develop the world’s first nuclear weapons.
At the time of release of the film, Oppenheimer faced a lot of public backlash because critics said it is the most sensitive topic and if the film is released in Japan, it will make a bad impression on the minds of the people.
Because the fact is, Japan was the only country who had suffered atomic bombings.
Updates about release:
Bitters End, the Japanese Film distributor said on Thursday that “Oppenheimer” would be released in 2024 without mentioning any particular date.
Backlash of film “Oppenheimer”:
It was questioned why the film did not show the Japanese victims of the atomic bombs. The United States dropped on the cities of Japan which were Hiroshima and Nagasaki before the end of the Second World War and its catastrophic effect.
Bombing which killed around 200,000 people are widely considered to have hastened Japan’s surrender and the end of the war.
Supporters of the film replied that the film was “not a documentary” ; it is a perspective which is basically focused on the struggle of “Oppenheimer.”
Boycott of “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” in Japan:
Critics objected to the efforts to promote the film in collaboration with “Barbie” , a comedy
about the iconic Mattle doll that in most countries was released on the same day.
“Barbenheimer” the pink and feminine themes of “Barbie” were contrasted with dark and serious ones of “Oppenheimer.”
Social media users of Japan called for a boycott of both the films, by using the hashtag “#NoBarbenheimer”
The hate aroused towards the films more because the official studio account for “Barbie” re-shared the one mash-up poster by saying “it’s going to be a summer to remember” in a social media platform called “X” previously known as “Twitter.”
Hiroshima and Nagasaki were bombed on Aug. 6 and 9, 1945, and the two cities commemorate the dates each year with memorial ceremonies and calls for the prohibition of nuclear weapons.
Warner Bros., the studio behind “Barbie,” later apologised for “insensitive social media engagement.” The film was released in Japan on Aug. 11 but struggled to gain traction.