To the bemusement of foreign media, a Japanese man laments online that his wife is threatening to divorce him because he didn’t like the movie “Frozen,” the third most successful movie in Japan.
In the online forum “Kikonsha no Hakaba” (“Gravesite of Married People”) , a man describing himself as a 31-year-old businessman told readers May 18 that the argument might cost him his marriage.
The Japanese man, a former Danish literature major, said his 29-year-old wife so adored the blockbuster that she goes to the cinema to watch it again and again.
At her urging, he went to see the movie himself but found it underwhelming. Dismayed by her obsession, the husband eventually blurted out: “What’s so good about it?”
She snapped back: “If you can’t understand what makes this great, there’s something wrong with you as a human being,” she said. She then walked out, went to stay with her parents and threatened divorce.
The man confessed to having mixed feelings.
“On one hand I don’t want to divorce her, but on the other I don’t want to be with a woman who brands me a human failure just because we differ over what we like.”
Most of the man’s readers appeared to sympathize with his situation, calling his wife “selfish” and encouraging him to leave her. A few days after his initial post, the man, apparently emboldened by their advice, confessed to gravitating heavily toward divorce: “I can no longer imagine marital life with her.”
English-language media outlets including dailies like The Guardian, The Independent and the New York Daily News are covering the man’s plight with humorous wit.
“Sometimes you need to let it go; or in this case, let him go,” The Independent joked, referring to the film’s central anthem, “Let It Go.”
As of June 2, “Frozen,” titled “Ana to Yuki no Joo” (Anna and the Snow Queen) in Japanese, grossed ¥21.2 billion at the box office, a high topped only by “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” and Hayao Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away.” It also attracted a staggering 16.73 million moviegoers nationwide, according to The Walt Disney Co.