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Barbie Released in Japan Following Atomic Bomb Controversy

It has been more than three weeks since the release of the highly anticipated movie “Barbie.” It is safe to say that the film’s reception has exceeded expectations. However, an interesting aspect is the delayed release of the movie in Japan. Where audiences are now finally getting the opportunity to experience Greta Gerwig’s cinematic creation on the big screen. Despite the elapsed time since its global release, the excitement surrounding the movie remains palpable as Japanese audiences eagerly immerse themselves in the world of “Barbie.”

Greta Gerwig became the first female director in history to reach this milestone with Barbie. Barbie has been this summer’s highest-grossing film with over $1 billion worldwide. Fans have returned multiple times to see the movie in theatres, making double and triple journeys. However, some people are just now having the opportunity to purchase their tickets to Barbieland. After a significant uproar over Barbenheimer memes, the Margot Robbie-starring movie has finally been released in Japan. This is what transpired.

Following the Barbenheimer scandal, Barbie is released in Japan

Following the Barbenheimer scandal, Barbie is released in Japan

Barbie tickets are flying off the shelves in Japan. Fortunately, a national holiday in Japan that kicks off the country’s extended summer vacation week clashed with the Greta Gerwig-directed film. Many individuals are being inspired to go out for a movie night by it.

As Japan had just observed the 78th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The viral trend “Barbenheimer” caused controversy in the nation. In the since-deleted tweet, the Warner Bros. marketing account for Barbie began sharing memes created by fans that combined pictures of nuclear explosions with Robbie and Cillian Murphy as Oppenheimer.

The outcry was so great that at one point Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures, the production company for Oppenheimer, were petitioned to stop using the hashtag #Barbenheimer on social media. The next week, Warner’s U.S. counterpart apologized after Warner’s Japan branch publicly criticized it during that time as #NoBarbenheimer gained traction in the East Asian nation. Even in the face of the uproar, Japanese moviegoers said they still planned to see the production in theatres.

Oppenheimer’s publication date is not imminent

While viewers could finally watch Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie’s Barbie on large-screen cinemas. The same cannot be said for Christopher Nolan’s film. In Japan, no precise release date for Oppenheimer has been disclosed. The Cillian Murphy-led film has drawn criticism for its scant acknowledgment of the over 200,000 lives lost. As a result of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


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