by Michael dEstries
Categories: Causes, Film/TV.


It appears that Japan will finally get its chance to see The Cove.

The dolphin-slaughter documentary had originally been rejected from showing at the Tokyo International Film Festival, but due to mounting international pressure has now been given the green light.

The chairman for TIFF, Tatsumi “Tom” Yoda, denied that the decision to reinstate the film was due to any outside pressure — but you have to imagine the heat being generated by worldwide (and even national) media has been making him sweat. Yoda instead insisted that The Cove was given a second look due to, “great interest in the film from around the world.” Uh huh. As TIFF doesn’t even have a documentary category, we’re thinking the outcry generated by activists and supporters of the movie was enough to make it happen. The Hollywood Reporter even noted that the press event for the TIFF lineup announcement was packed more tightly than usual due to the controversy surrounding the movie.

Of course, as film festivals can only accommodate so many people — it will be interesting to see how well the movie is received to then make it into Japan’s movie theaters. If enough people see first-hand what’s happening in their own backyards, we may witness even greater change across the board for the more than 20,000 dolphins killed annually in Japan. Stay tuned.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • pierre

    this is good news. very important for it to be seen in Japan.

  • Luke

    Awesome. I hope it leads to more coverage by the Japanese media

  • bliss

    This is fantastic!! I’m so happy this film is growing around the world! :)

  • Gina

    Awesome! This really is a great movie on many levels. Hope it makes it into the theaters in Japan.

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  • Whoever…

    I hope the Japanese will open their eyes once and for all…

    For such a technological society it’s amazing (or not) to realize that they are so well manipulated by the ‘powers to be’!