Saturday, Apr 05, 2008, 15:36:19

More than 10 cinemas will screen 'Yasukuni'

More than 10 cinemas will screen 'Yasukuni'. Compiled from Kyodo, staff reports
Headline in Japan Times Saturday, April 5, 2008.

Despite possible intimidation by rightwingers, Cinema Taurus in Tomakomai, Hokkaido, Kyoto Cinema in Kyoto, Cinewind in Niigata, Salon Cinema in Hiroshima and Cinema Select in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, will screen the documentary as planned, the sources said. The names of the other cinemas were not immediately available.

Each of the theaters has received a number of inquiries about the screening schedule for "Yasukuni," by Chinese director Li Ying.

On Thursday, the Seventh Art Theater in Osaka said it will screen "Yasukuni" in May as planned. Five cinemas in Tokyo and Osaka have so far canceled plans to show the film, following an unprecedented preview of it for some 40 Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers in Tokyo. The controversial preview was widely taken as effective censorship of freedom of expression. The 123-minute film won a best-documentary award at the 32nd Hong Kong International Film Festival.

First of all.
Yasukuni Jinja is NOT Tokyo's war-linked shrine. It is called Yasukuni Jinja. Maybe the imbecile english teachers turned staff reporters at Japan Times and and others could learn that little.
As for " Chinese spare time agent" turned "director" Li Ying's desecrative, hypocritical, deceitful provocation, it is insignificant where and who will show it or see it as well as the Hong Kong Film Festival (and secret police) award is a matter of course. (It is very comfortable that the press is occupied with this film rather than with Tibet.) What matters is that Japan will look rediclious for practising the freedom of expression even in the case of this abusive and filthy provocation. How lucky for Li Ying and Japan Times staff that this is Japan. In traditionally free Amsterdam, Dutch film director, television producer and publicist Theo van Gogh was murdered by Mohammed Bouyeri in 2004 for much less desecration and contemptuous screenings.

Finally
we think that Japan Times should dedicate more space for further reports on the screening progress and sceduel of Li Ying's film.
Not just listing the cinemas.
What about screenig dates, times, telephone numbers, emails, homepages, addresses, location maps, bus/subway/train schedules and nearby restaurants, bars, cafe's for each and every cinema showing the film, published on a daily bases?

The commitment by Japan Times to promote Richard Sorge's .................sorry, Mr Li Ying's film could be further strengthened by offering one month free Japan Times at the cinema ticket windows showing "Yasukuni."

by Gabor Fabricius

 

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