Oppenheimer has finally hit theaters and is having an amazing reception almost all over the world. Being a movie about one of the most controversial moments in history, it’s only natural to think that the US’ “heroic” narrative behind the history of the atomic bomb isn’t seen that way by other countries, especially Japan.
With that in mind, it comes as no surprise that Nolan’s movie doesn’t have a release date in Japan, the target of the bombs and the country that saw first-hand the devastation and horrors of Oppenheimer’s creation. Now, speculation about the movie being banned in the country has spread throughout social media; however, that’s not necessarily true. There is still no release date for the film.
This doesn’t mean it won’t be screened eventually. Actually, Japan often delays American releases and waits to see the impact and messages of their movies for a couple of weeks to determine if they are going to release them at all, and this might be the case with Oppenheimer. As a matter of fact, Barbie won’t premiere in Japan until August 11, almost a month after its worldwide release.
Universal revealed to Variety, that the movie is still in talks in several markets over the world, including Japan. And although the theme is clearly a sensitive one for the Japanese audience, it’s still not clear if they will ever release the movie in their theaters.
Oppenheimer has also had some issues in other countries like India, where an intimate scene was deemed as offensive to Hinduism. So, although many have considered Oppenheimer a masterpiece, or the film of the year, many others have highlighted serious issues.