Friday, April 19, 2024

“Oppenheimer” Box Office Blows Up Across the Globe in Over 70 Countries, But Still Not in Japan


“Oppenheimer” is a massive hit around the world.

Besides the United States, Christopher Nolan’s epic has blown up in over 70 countries. There are only two places it hasn’t opened yet:

Japan, and China.

There seems to be plan for China beginning August 30th. That could change, of course, or China could ask for plot revisions. But the date is reserved.

There’s no such plan for Japan, which doesn’t seem surprising. Of all World War II movies, “Oppenheimer” would be the most upsetting for the Japanese people. It’s hard to imagine them welcoming a film that shows not only two of their biggest cities being obliterated, but generations of radiation causing cancer and other illnesses.

No Japanese people are seen in “Oppenheimer” and why would they? All the points of view are the Americans. And the actual bombings are handled without showing the destruction in Japan. But still,
“Oppenheimer” if it’s ever allowed in Japan may just come in through streaming or DVDs.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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