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Japanese distributor of Oscar-winning film 'Babel' warns viewers of possible nausea

Japanese distributor of Oscar-winning film 'Babel' warns viewers of possible nausea

The Japanese distributor of "Babel" is warning audiences that the film may cause nausea or headaches, an official said Wednesday.
Gaga Communications has received 15 complaints since the Oscar-winning movie was released Saturday in Japan, company spokeswoman Aimi Ichikawa said.
Some 300 theaters nationwide posted a note Wednesday saying the movie contains scenes with strong effects and that some viewers felt sick after seeing them, according to a company news release. Gaga also ran advertisements with a warning in major newspapers Wednesday.
One scene features a Tokyo nightclub with music blasting and lights blinking. But Ichikawa said the company was still investigating which scenes caused the illnesses, and has not ordered the theaters to adjust sound or lighting.
The problem has only been reported in Japan though the movie has been released in other countries, she said.
Babel, by Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, depicts a saga of families on three continents linked by tragic events in the African desert. It had seven Oscar nominations and won for best original score.
The film's release was highly anticipated in Japan after Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi received a nomination for best supporting actress. Kikuchi, 26, played a deaf and frustrated Tokyo schoolgirl.


Updated : 2021-04-15 17:03 GMT+08:00