by Daelyn Fortney
Categories: Animals.
Photo: The Cove

Despite roadblocks set by right-wing protesters which caused The Cove screenings to be cancelled in Tokyo, the Japanese distributor of the movie is finding other ways to get the Oscar-winning documentary’s message into the homes of Japan. On June 18 Unplugged Inc. is offering a free viewing of The Cove to the first 2,000 viewers who visit Nico Nico Douga, a popular Japanese video sharing website with over 16 million registered users.

The distributor, who is frustrated with the amount of debate from those who have not seen the film, hopes people will take advantage of the free online screening.

“People discussing the film on the Internet are talking without having watched it, and it seems they don’t understand its meaning,” a company representative told AFP. “It’s okay to support or oppose the film, but we hope that will be discussed after people watch the film.”

The first 2,000 people who access Nico Nico Douga on June 18 will be required to register before viewing The Cove.

Note: Screening date updated to reflect correct information.

  • toorisugari

    This is incorrect news. 1) The free viewing of the Cove is scheduled on 18th June, not 21st June. 21st is the day for online symposium with 3 speakers. 2) People discussing the film (including nationalists) claim they have already seen the film. It is freely available either on several video-sharing sites or as DVD shipped from US.

    • Michael d'Estries

      @Toorisugari, this information came from a Reuters article, which quoted reps from Nico Nico Douga.

      “The Oscar-winning film will be offered for free to the first 2,000 viewers who access the website from June 21, Nico Nico Douga said.”

      I’m not denying your claim to the contrary, but can you tell me where you’re getting your information from? We’ll update accordingly.

    • Daelyn Fortney

      @Toorisugari – – Thank you for the information. We have updated the post with the correct date.