THE COVE – A Despicable Propaganda Movie May 8, 2010Posted by TAMAGAWABOAT in Blogroll, Japan, Japan Bashing, racism, whaling.
Tags: Anti-Japanese, cove, discrimination, Documentary, dolphin, Japan, Louie Psihoyos, propaganda, racism, Sea Shepherd, taiji, wakayama, whaling
“THE COVE” (93min/America/2009), which won the 82nd Academy Award for best documentary, is scheduled to be released in Japan at the beginning of summer. Without waiting for its release, I’ve watched “THE COVE” (full-length) on a free video site.
To quickly describe this movie, “THE COVE” is NOT a documentary movie. It is obvious that “THE COVE” is anti-Japanese propaganda made on the pretext of promoting anti-whaling. “THE COVE” will probably ring the bell with the people who are eager to bash Japan or the Japanese people with various excuses (anti-whaling, animal protection, historical issues, economic friction, and so on). “THE COVE” looks at Japanese whaling from a one-sided point of view. “THE COVE” takes a self-righteous and intrusive attitude. This is so Anglo-Saxonish! (Anglo-Saxonish; Anglo-Saxon people so often tend to think that they are always right and on the side of justice. They don’t hesitate to impose their values on other people.)
About three years ago, I watched “OUR DAILY BREAD” (92min/Austria&Germany/2005) at a theater in Shibuya, Tokyo. So many chickens, swine, and cattle are killed one after another in automated slaughterhouses. This movie does not have narrations and keeps a detached tone. As a result, “OUR DAILY BREAD” succeeded with maintaining total emotional control. I sincerely admired the Japanese film’s distributor for having translated the movie’s title “OUR DAILY BREAD” into “INOCHI NO TABEKATA” (Japanese title). In a literal translation, “INOCHI NO TABEKATA” means “HOW TO EAT LIVES”. The Japanese title “INOCHI NO TABEKATA” reminds almost all the Japanese people of two phrases that we always say at meals while joining our hands before and after eating. These two phrases are “Itadaki-masu” and “Gochisosama-deshita”. These two phrases contain our gratitude to sacrificed lives. After watching “OUR DAILY BREAD”, I felt that we humans are pitiful creatures that cannot alive without killing other creatures. “OUR DAILY BREAD” is a great documentary movie.
Propaganda and Documentaries… what’s the difference between the two? Propaganda has a one-sided point of view and tries to inflame a certain sentiment among viewers. On the other hand, Documentaries always offer viewers something “thought-provoking”. The more universally “thought-provoking” content the movie offers, the better documentary movie it is.
The anti-Japanese propaganda movie “THE COVE” was filmed on the pretext of promoting anti-whaling (or animal protection) activities. The most despicable thing about “THE COVE” is that it presented the people hunting dolphins as wicked people. We know that there are so many people who engage in the slaughtering of farm animals all over the world. We humans can eat meals everyday thanks to the people who engage in the slaughtering of farm animals. Who are willing to slaughter animals around the world? We cannot eat unless they perform such essential and important work. Therefore, slaughterhouses are virtually as “untouchable” existences in human society. However, this movie producer secretly took videos of dolphin-hunting, and yet, emphasizes the cruelty of dolphin-killing using unnecessary optical effects intending to foment strong hatred against the people hunting dolphins. This is unforgivable human-rights abuse against Taiji-Cho’s people (Wakayama Japan) who engage in such important work. I hope earnestly that Taiji-Cho’s people will keep up the traditional coastal whaling for many years to come despite anti-whalers’ pressures.
Will you watch “THE COVE” while munching on McDonald’s burgers or KFC’s chicken?
P.S. – June 6, 2010
Three out of 26 theaters, which had scheduled to screen “THE COVE” in late of June, announced that they decided to cancel the screening of “THE COVE” on June 4th. They explained that their decision to cancel was due to the pressure of a certain civic group. However, foreign mass media changed the word “a certain civic group” into “a right-wing group” and reported this news to the world. Foreign mass media which don’t want to recognize the existence of Japanese patriotis or nationalism among the ordinary Japanese, have a tendency to blame inconvenient news for them on right-wingers(Uyoku).
This news caused a heated controversy in Japan. Some people claim that “a certain civic group” violates the right to freedom of expression or the right to know in Japan, and the same thing as at the time of the movie “YASZUKUNI” in 2008 happened again. Some people say that this event shows how narrow-minded and closed the Japanese society is. I would like to counter the above argument as follows,
“THE COVE” is a kind of terrorism against the Japanese people. “THE COVE” is the anti-whaling propaganda movie which attemps to inject the deadly poison into the Japanese society. This propaganda movie is supported by Sea Shepherd which is notorious for eco-terrorist group. Sea Shepherd has repeatedly conducted terrorist attacks against Japanese research whaling vessels in the Antarctic Ocean. We should never yield to terrorism as a slogan that we have been chanting for the past 9 years since September 11th, 2001. We Japanese have to protect Japan’s national security and the Japanese people’s right to exist from Sea Shepherd’s terrorist attack.
Town of Sun, the Black Tide and Whales (2009)