The Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove" has been canceled at the only Tokyo movie theaters planning to show the film. The US-made movie depicts the annual dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture and has drawn flack from Japan's well-organized right wing.
Planned screenings of "The Cove" in late June were canceled at Cinemart Roppongi and Cinemart Shinsaibashi in Osaka due to "the growing likelihood that there would be disruption" - a euphemism for the arrival of the right wing and their bellicose sound trucks.
"The Cove" is available on Amazon Jp as an import from the US. The film was screened at the Tokyo International Film Festival last October - it's only public screening to date.
The movie's distributor in Japan Unplugged is determined to persevere with plans for further screenings. “We will continue to discuss the situation with exhibitors and make the greatest efforts to get the film shown,” said the company's president Takeshi Kato.
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Monday, June 07, 2010