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    "The Cove" Screens in Japan

    This is a good documentary about the Japenese fishermen herding dolphins into a cove then selecting the best ones to sell to aquariums and slaughtering the rest.

    I enjoyed it but couldn't help thinking the Japs could easily go to the West and do a similar film about eating cows/ sheep etc although the dolphins aren't exactly killed humanely.

    One thing is that dolphins are high in mercury levels as they eat a lot of fish so the people who eat it are at risk of poisoning.

    The guy that is leading it used to be the man behind flipper tv series.








    BBC News
    By Roland Buerk
    BBC News, Tokyo
    The Oscar winning documentary The Cove is to be shown in Japanese
    cinemas for the first time.
    The film is about dolphin hunting in Japan.
    Earlier plans to screen it there were scrapped after cinemas were targeted by
    demonstrators.
    The screening will take place in Theatre Image Forum a tiny arts cinema in the
    backstreets of Tokyo's Shibuya district
    It does not look like the kind of place that usually gets what amounts to the
    Japanese premier of an Oscar-winning film.
    But the owners are not making much of the opening of The Cove this weekend -
    there is just one small poster on the wall outside.
    Much of The Cove was filmed covertly
    Nationalist protestors have condemned the film as poisonous and a distortion of the
    truth.
    They say its makers have links to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, the
    environmental group which has been harassing Japanese whalers in the Southern
    Ocean.
    Cinemas cancelled earlier screenings to avoid the demonstrators' noisy pickets.
    Polite demonstration
    Last week one group was using the same tactics outside the office of a newspaper
    which had argued the controversy over The Cove had become an issue of freedom
    of speech.
    It was all very polite. The protestors stood behind a barrier, and even bowed when
    they handed over their petition.
    Dolphin hunt film, the Cove,
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    But the noise from their loudspeakers mounted on a van echoed around the area.
    The newspaper's managers, who gathered on their building's steps to hear the loud
    complaints, plainly did not enjoy the confrontation.
    The protest organiser Shuhei Nishimaru told the BBC that the film was "criticising
    Japanese culture and looking down on the Japanese people".
    "That's the issue," he said. "I don't think this should even be called a documentary
    film."
    The Cove is about the bloody, but legal, dolphin hunts by fishermen from the town
    of Taiji on Japan's coast.
    Partly filmed with hidden cameras it shows them using boats to drive the animals
    into a small bay, which is then closed off with nets to prevent them escaping.
    I think this film is something that should be watched by all Japanese
    Takeshi Kato Film distributer
    The best specimens are separated off to be sold to aquariums before the rest are
    slaughtered for their meat.
    The fishermen are portrayed as rough goons trying to hide their activities from
    outsiders.
    In the version of the film being shown in Japan their faces have been pixellated
    after they complained their privacy had been violated.
    The Cove's Japanese distributor, Unplugged, was also targeted by demonstrators,
    until the company got a court order to block them from from gathering outside their
    offices.
    The courts have now done the same for two of the six cinemas which will be
    screening The Cove from this weekend, with more expected to follow.
    Takeshi Kato of Unplugged said: "My motto is to show any film that I feel that
    people need to see.
    "I think this film is something that should be watched by all Japanese, even the
    people who protest against it should see it."
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    It's good that this film is being shown in japan. The Japanese are quick to jump on the nationalistic bandwagon and this film should bring some of the realities home.
    The Japanese I have spoken to about dolphin consumption all deny that it even happens, and are quick to point out that only whales are consumed, and it is their cultural right to do so.

    As was pointed out in the OP, the high mercury levels make it dangerous for human consumption , and this makes japans stance on the issue even more baffling.
    Besides that, it tastes so bad that it is usually served in curries or a pasta sauce to disguise the strong smell the meat has - hardly 'traditional Japanese food' is it...

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    They also busted them for selling dolphin meat as whale meat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bung
    They say its makers have links to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, the
    environmental group which has been harassing Japanese whalers in the Southern
    Ocean.
    Interesting, and points a different slant on the film.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bung
    The Cove is about the bloody, but legal, dolphin hunts by fishermen from the town
    of Taiji on Japan's coast.
    So what was the point ? disingenuous at best.

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    horrific . japs, still the enemy.

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