Sunday, June 6, 2010

Tokyo screenings of Oscar-winning dolphin slaughter film canceled

We first wrote about "The Cove" in 2008, when it was tentatively titled "The Rising." Since then the film, about the slaughter of dolphins in a secluded cove in Japan, has won an Oscar for Best Feature- Documentary. Yet showings of the film in Japan may not happen.

Unplugged, the Japan distributor, had planned showings of the film at two cinemas in Tokyo this month. Those have been canceled because of fears that planned protests might "inconvenience movie-goers," whether or not they were attending "The Cove."

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Despite all this, Unplugged is still in negotiations to show the movie at 23 venues around the country this summer. Screenings at one Osaka theater have also been called off.

At issue are planned protests by conservative activists who say the film is anti-Japanese. Takeshi Kato of Unplugged said in a faxed statement to Reuters, "'The Cove' is absolutely not an anti-Japanese film. I believe a deep and constructive debate is needed about the content of the film."

Japan's government has long defended its whale and dolphin hunts, saying such hunts are an important cultural tradition. The country continues to use the "research" loophole in anti-whaling laws to justify its whaling, for one.

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It is nice video,but at the same time I also think that dolphin hunt is such a bad job.

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I think its bad news they don't had to cancelled dolphin movie due its strength.

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The Cove is absolutely not an anti-Japanese film. I believe a deep and constructive debate is needed about the content of the film..

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Dolphins are looking beautiful in the video.But killing them is a big crime.Whoever is doing this,is destroying the beautiful creation of god.

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Well I agree with the few of the comments above and also appreciate their thinking that the dolphin hunt is a bad job,and in my opinion it should be stopped.

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Whomsoever is doing this should stop this activity as dolphins are considered as the best friends of the humans.

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Dolphin are the one of the best creation by god,we have to care them and never try to use them for our purpose....to earn money

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The content of movie is good but I still think much more strong content for this film is needed.

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At issue are planned protests by conservative activists who say the film is anti-Japanese

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At issue are planned protests by conservative activists who say the film is anti-Japanese

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At issue are planned protests by conservative activists who say the film is anti-Japanese

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I believe a deep and constructive debate is needed about the content of the film..The Cove is absolutely not an anti-Japanese film.

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There have been scuffles outside a Tokyo theatre as a Controversial Documentary about Japanese dolphin hunting was screened for the first time in the capital.thanks for shared this with us.

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Those have been canceled because of fears that planned protests might "inconvenience movie-goers," whether or not they were attending "The Cove."

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In this video dolphins are looking very beautiful,but the people are killing them it is very sad to see it,How can people be so cruel.

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I must say, that's an awesome video..Dolphins are looking damn so beautiful in the video..

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Dolphins are well renowned all over the world for their qualities..dolphin movie released in Tokyo cancelled because of fears that planned protests might "inconvenience movie-goers.

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Dolphin are the most sweetest creation which human use for their mean,I think government have to ban over use them...

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I believe a deep and constructive debate is needed about the content of the film..

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That's an awesome video i must say..But at the same time I also think that dolphin hunt is such a bad job.

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In this video the dolphins are a very beautiful, but is killing people, it is very sad to see, how can people be so cruel.

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I find a news in newspaper,government strictly prohibited to use Dolphins for movies due to lack of Dolphins on earth.

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Dolphins are the second most intelligent species on Earth (after mice) They are looking beautiful in the video. But killing them is a big crime.Whoever is doing this,is destroying the beautiful creation of god.

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The Cove" depicts fishermen's annual dolphin hunt in the southern Japanese town of Taiji and won the Academy Award for best documentary in March.

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I really think that, a deep discussion is needed about the screening of the film..As dolphin hunting is such a bad crime.

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The Cove is absolutely not an anti-Japanese film. That's an awesome video I must say as Dolphins are looking too beautiful in this but killing them is a big crime.

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Its a bad news for director and dolphin fans,this cancellation of movie creates a issue in market....

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Dolphins are to natural beauty of the earth which is used by directors as source of money and this activity give harm to Dolphin...

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I believe a deep and constructive debate is needed about the content of the film..

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I believe a deep and constructive debate is needed about the content of the film..

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killing Dolphin is a big crime.Whoever is doing this,is destroying the beautiful creation of god.

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I think its good that the Japan distributor, had planned showings of the film at two cinemas in Tokyo.

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Hey these dolphins are really looking the best creations of the God, then how people are killing them?

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There should be a strict punishment for these type of people who are killing the best creatures of God.

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I am so happy with this decision,dolphins makes our city beautiful..so how can some people destroy beauty of our city..

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Hey that video is amazing, and these dolphins are looking very nice, but the people are killing them, it seems very sad.

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Killing dolphin is crime as per government rules this is the main reason to cancel film..

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This is the best way to stop this crime,killing dolphin is crime.

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Killing them is a big crime.Whoever is doing this,is destroying the beautiful creation of god.

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I believe a deep and constructive debate is needed about the content of the film..

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