Exhibs screen Japanese documentary

Argo Pictures to bow 'Yasukuni' in May

A docu about the Japanese Yasukuni war memorial shrine will get a Tokyo release after four exhibs pulled out last month.

Argo Pictures will open “Yasukuni” on May 3 atTokyo’s Shibuya Cine Amuse.

The doc is now set to bow in 23 venues across the country, including the Cine Quanon theater in Tokyo and the Dai Nana Gekijo in Osaka, meaning it will open in Japan’s two biggest cities. 

The distrib also announced the names and opening dates of seven other venues for the docu, which was pulled March 15 from a Tokyo theater, citing safety concerns. Then, on March 31 distrib Argo announced that four more theaters — three in Tokyo and one in Osaka — had bailed on the skedded April 12 bow.

Chinese helmer Li Ying has long claimed that the docu, which he spent a decade making, is not an anti-Japanese view of the shrine, where Japan’s WWII dead, including Class-A war criminals, are memorialized. Conservative lawmakers and right-wing groups, however, have moved to shut down screenings of the pics, while protesting $75,000 in funding granted by the Agency for Cultural Affairs for its production.

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