Sony says ‘The Interview’ will not be shown in Japan



Sony Corp. said Wednesday it has no plans to release “The Interview” in Japan, a controversial comedy about a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

A spokesman declined to explain the decision in detail, saying only that markets are chosen after weighing up a range of factors, including whether the theme is suited for the region.

He said the company had decided not to screen the film in Japan before hackers attacked its computer network.

The movie’s website says Australia and New Zealand are the only countries in the Asian region where it will be shown.

The movie is distributed by Columbia Pictures Industries Inc., which is part of the Sony group.

  • Mark Lightfoot

    This now guarantees this film will go blockbuster. Everyone in Japan will want to watch it and will do so via torrent downloads – any which way! The producers are rubbing their hands. They could’t have asked for better publicity. It’s hilarious!

    • Oliver Mackie

      Yep, won’t get ‘shown’ in Japan, meaning Japanese cinemas, but you will now be sure to find at least 10 copies in every branch of Tsutaya nationwide (just as happened with “The Cove.”)

  • Ahojanen

    Hacking and canceling…. while not following updates, I’m now suspecting some “flared-up” marketing strategy employed by Sony. Conspiracy?

    • rossdorn

      If you were to write America…. possible… Japan? I seriously doubt it.
      There is a market here for this, but how many?
      I saw these guys on Bill Mahers Real Time. This seems to be a movie which you will find funny, if you grew up somewhere in the central Texas countryside…