Theatrical Release of Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer’ Not Yet Confirmed in Japan

Movie buffs have been going crazy and even obsessed about Christopher Nolan’s upcoming War Drama, ‘Oppenheimer.’ The audience has marked the date, July 21, 2023, which is the massive global debut of this movie.

However, as Variety reported, the movie’s distributor, Universal, has not yet confirmed when or if the movie will premiere in Japan.

Variety reported that a spokesperson for the studio said that “plans have not been finalized in all markets.” But in the United States and most places across the globe, Universal will premiere the $100 million-budgeted new Nolan creation on July 21.

The plot of ‘Oppenheimer’ portrays the making of the atomic bomb during World War II, focusing on American theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, who created the weapons of mass destruction that concluded the war.

Variety reported that the situation in Japan is delicate with respect to the movie’s subject, as about 200,000 Japanese civilians were killed by the two atomic bombs dropped in 1945 over the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

According to the report by Variety, even if the movie, which is shot in 70mm with Imax cameras, is released in theaters in Japan, it remains unclear if the Japanese audience will be receptive enough to watch a film about the subject.

At the annual convention for movie theater owners, CinemaCon, Christopher Nolan said,

“Like it or not, J. Robert Oppenheimer is the most important person who ever lived. He made the world that we live in for better or for worse. His story has to be seen to be believed.”

Japan has been one of the top moviegoing markets and a decent market for Nolan’s previous movies, including ‘Tenet’ and ‘Dunkirk,’ which grossed $25 million and $14.8 million, respectively there.

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