With the giant earthquake and devastating tsunamis on Friday, along with the volcanic eruption and the growing potential nuclear accidents over the weekend, Japan is severly hurting right now and will have a long road of recovery ahead. As a result of the disasters though, two films are being pulled from Japanese theaters over understandable concerns of taste.
The first is Clint Eastwood’s “Hereafter” which is being pulled specifically for its Oscar-nominated extended opening disaster sequence involving a very realistic tsunami hitting a South-East Asian coastal town.
Warner Entertainment Japan head Satoru Otani says continuing to run the film is “not appropriate” according to Deadline.
Meanwhile, Japanese distributor Shochiku is expected to delay the release of Chinese disaster film “Aftershock” to cinemas in the wake of Friday’s deadly earthquake according to spokesperson for producers Huayi Brothers Pictures says the trades.
Feng Xiaogang’s film depicts the devastating 1976 Tangshan earthquake which killed about 250,000 Chinese. It also deals with the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake in Sichuan Province which killed nearly 80,000.
The film was scheduled for a regular and IMAX release March 26th across Japan.