‘The Cove’ sees the light of day in Japan

Posted by · 9:44 am · February 9th, 2010

The CoveThe press release, in part:

The Works International is delighted to announce the acquisition of Academy Award® nominated documentary THE COVE by Japanese distributor Medallion Media which is planning a tentative release date of April 2010 in Japan.

Until now Japanese distributors have shied away from the award-winning documentary which generated huge coverage and controversy in Japan when it was finally included in the line-up of the 2009 Tokyo Film Festival after initially being rejected. Despite threats of legal action by fishermen from the town of Taiji featured in the film, the festival scheduled another screening after the first sold out within hours. Most Japanese are unaware of the annual dolphin cull that takes place in Taiji and also the significant risks of mercury poisoning from the eating of dolphin meat which the film so effectively exposes. In spite of continued opposition from the Taiji fishermen, Medallion Media recognized there were many people keen to see the film. Says Norio Okahara, Director of Medallion Media: “In distributing THE COVE we are not taking sides. Rather, we are presenting the film for the Japanese to decide for themselves about the issues it raises. There is a debate to be had here and this important film – and the Academy Award® nomination only serves to reinforce its importance – offers the opportunity for such a debate.”

The film and director Louie Psihoyos will be recognized in Santa Barbara Wednesday night.

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  • 1 2-09-2010 at 10:07 am

    Chris said...

    Good Job Japan! This movie really is going to create change, congrats to all involved. The movie is fantastic!

  • 2 2-09-2010 at 10:16 am

    Silencio said...


  • 3 2-09-2010 at 10:34 am

    Jessica said...

    If it wins Best Documentary, I hope that will encourage more people to see it, particularly those in Japan who are at risk from eating that dolphin meat.

  • 4 2-09-2010 at 11:45 am

    JFK said...

    This is really great to hear! I hope this film wins its much-deserved Oscar.