[KineJapan] Johnny Depp and Minamata

John Junkerman jtj53213 at gmail.com
Thu Oct 25 02:16:36 EDT 2018

Hi Aaron:

I forwarded your note on to Yamagami Tetsujiro at Siglo (who, as you know,
got his start working with Tsuchimoto and Eugene Smith in Minamata). I
can't tell if his response showed up in the thread, so I'll copy it here.
Somewhat reassuring.


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On Wed, Oct 24, 2018 at 11:15 PM Gerow Aaron <aaron.gerow at yale.edu> wrote:

> I was surprised to see reports in the US entertainment press that Johnny
> Depp will be playing W. Eugene Smith in an adaptation of the book Minamata
> written by Smith and his wife Aileen Miyoko Smith.
> https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/johnny-depp-play-war-photographer-w-eugene-smith-minamata-1154396
> It is being developed by Depp’s production company. Filming is supposed to
> start in January, and will take place in Japan and Serbia (?!).
> There’s a lot to worry about with this. Depp has had some good roles in
> the past but seems to have mostly fallen into self-parody. But more than
> that, I worry this will be another of Hollywood’s “white man comes to
> non-white nation to save the day” films. And I worry about how the victims
> will be presented. Remember for instance that we are not supposed to use
> Smith’s most famous photograph of Minamata because the family of Tomoko
> don’t want us to anymore.
> I hope they at least reference Tsuchimoto Noriaki’s films on Minamata,
> which thought a lot about how to depict the “kanja-san.”
> https://www.zakkafilms.com/product/minamata-the-victims-and-their-world/
> https://www.zakkafilms.com/product/the-shiranui-sea-minamata-series-part-2/
> Aaron Gerow
> Professor
> Film and Media Studies Program/East Asian Languages and Literatures
> Director of Graduate Studies, Film and Media Studies
> Yale University
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