• 'Oppenheimer' was delayed in Japan
  • The reason were the historical implications of the film
  • It finally opened in Japanese theatres to THIS

The film sparks mixed reactions from Hiroshima survivors and local audiences, as it navigates the delicate balance between historical representation and cinematic storytelling.

Hiroshima Reacts: Not Enough Horror or Just Enough Humanity?

Hiroshima (Japan) – The wait is over! Movie buffs in Japan are flocking to cinemas to witness the Academy Award-sweeping sensation, 'Oppenheimer,' starring the brilliant Cillian Murphy as the conflicted "father of the atomic bomb," J. Robert Oppenheimer. But it's not just popcorn and thrills – this film's premiere comes with a side of heated debate and soul-searching!

The film, which bagged a whopping seven Oscars, including Best Picture, faced a delayed release in Japan due to concerns over the sensitive subject matter. Former Hiroshima Mayor Takashi Hiraoka didn't mince words, saying the film could've shown "much more...horror of atomic weapons." Yet, he urges folks to see it, hinting at a deeper message within the movie's frames.

Prof. Masao Tomonaga initially criticized the film's lack of survivor imagery but later praised it as "anti-nuclear." He highlighted Oppenheimer's on-screen shock at the atomic bombing's reality, calling the film a must-see for "young people" and a catalyst for nuclear disarmament.

Despite the mixed emotions, Hiroshima's own Mei Kawashima felt the film "triggered something" profound. The focus on Oppenheimer's moral struggle, rather than the bomb's aftermath, seemed to resonate with many, offering a nuanced take on a historical figure's inner turmoil.

Sophia University's Kazuhiro Maeshima noted the film's depiction of a "dramatically changed America," suggesting that such a story might have been untold in past decades.

It's clear that 'Oppenheimer' is more than just a movie – it's a conversation starter, a reflection of societal shifts, and a mirror to America's soul.

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Cillian Murphy, upon winning Best Actor, dedicated his award to "peacemakers everywhere," reminding us that, for better or worse, we live in the world Oppenheimer's creation wrought. This film is not just a biopic; it's a tribute, a warning, and a call to action.

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