Is Oppenheimer banned in Japan? This question sparked a lot of curiosity among viewers following its release since many admitted to leaving the theatres devastated.
And why wouldn’t they? The film depicts the story of J. Robert Oppenheimer, who is also known as the father of the atomic bomb. Additionally, when the invention was ongoing, many people warned Oppenheimer about people using the invention in the wrong way.
Despite Oppenheimer’s immense regret following the invention, the nuclear bomb was abused against two of Japan’s cities. Moreover, it’s said that locals still carry the intense trauma, which further explains why the film could be banned in the nation.
Having said that, I will debunk the rest of the details in the article below.
What happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
During the Pacific War 1945, the Nazis dropped two atomic bombs on Japanese cities: Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It killed 140K people in Hiroshima and 74K in Nagasaki.
In fact, years later, many survivors in Hiroshima would still struggle from diseases like Cancer, Leukemia, and other radiation side-effects. Additionally, the Uranian bombing had damaged 70% of buildings and caused about 140K deaths by the end of the year.
It further increased the rates of the diseases mentioned above in the survivors.
Regarding Nagasaki, the Plutonium bomb was dropped three days after the Hiroshima bombing. And by the end of 1945, 74K people had died. Moreover, due to the radioactive rain, the ground temperature reached up to 4000 degrees Celsius.
This truly explains why Japan is still so guarded.
The damage in those two cities was so extreme that providing aid was nearly impossible. Moreso, 90% of hospitals and healthcare professionals were damaged. Because of this, most victims died without any treatment for their sufferings.
In fact, outside healthcare professionals also ended up dying due to the radiation.
After-effects Of The Bombing
Survivors would visibly start showing the symptoms of Leukaemia 5-6 years later.
In fact, the rates of cancers in Lungs, Breasts, and overall Thyroid problems were higher in survivors than before. The pregnant survivors would also have miscarriages or give birth to disabled infants.
Plus, these children will grow up to develop other major diseases like cancer.
Moreover, to this date, radiation-related cancer rates are increasing in survivors. And chances are, it would keep persisting decades later. In fact, quite a few films/Animes have covered the tragic event.
Conclusion: Is Oppenheimer Not Releasing In Japan?
There is no official news on “Is Oppenheimer banned in Japan?”
However, Universal Pictures has not confirmed whether the film will be released in Japan or not. In fact, one of the Spokespersons from the Production house has mentioned: “plans not being finalized in all the markets.”
Because of this, whether the Japanese market will be getting an official release or not is still a question mark. In my opinion, no survivor would want to polish the already in-erasable memory of melting bodies.
In case of any additional updates, I will keep you informed.
Oppenheimer is not officially banned in Japan. However, according to one of the spokespersons from the production house, “the release plans are not being finalized in all the markets.”
Fortunately, during the filming, Oppenheimer makers had not used real Nuke. However, they did use some real explosives.
Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer is indeed based on real nuclear blast events in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.