Is The Upcoming Movie "The Forest" Offensive?
Posted 1/1/16
https://youtu.be/6hW8hUcXR-A


Takes place in Aokigahara Forest, where many people to this day have committed suicide.
Posted 1/1/16 , edited 1/1/16
When I saw it I honestly thought it was a joke. There's no way I would be able to watch it without feeling any guilt.
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Posted 1/1/16
it beats watching the new James Bond movie
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Posted 1/1/16

PeripheralVisionary wrote:

https://youtu.be/6hW8hUcXR-A


Takes place in Aokigahara Forest, where many people to this day have committed suicide.


Maybe I'm being especially dull-witted today but I'm not sure why it would be. Looks to me like a horror take on a piece of lore. Which is a pretty common thing to do.

Is it the suicide angle? I'll be honest; my opinions about suicide are such that I'm probably more a person who needs to be careful about offending others when the topic comes up than about being offended.
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Posted 1/8/16
Psh. They shoulda just done a movie on the Japanese bridge where dogs jump off to commit suicide. That wouldn't offend most people /and/ it would be more interesting. Cuz they could just change it up and have like some dude chasing after his dog, the dog commits sepyoku and the man goes hellbent on figuring out wtf happened and why... then supernatural stuff happens, explosions happen, mysterious crystal ball ladies approach him saying cryptic things... Western actresses show up for no reason because they wanted to investigate the bridge too... chases between yakuza and investigators ensue... supernatural stuff happens again. huge explosion at the end where the bridge is demolished to destroy the bridge once and for all and kill the supernatural entity responsible.
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Posted 1/12/16
MAybe it's just me but I wouldn't feel guilt watching because I don't know anyone who died there.
I don't know anything about the true story but I won't watch it if it's pg-13 horror because most pg-13 horror rely on jump scares instead of atmosphere.
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Posted 1/15/16
Probably but I'm still gonna watch
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Posted 1/15/16
I don't think it's offensive.

I have personal experience with suicide. My uncle killed himself and I spent many years severely depressed with suicidal thoughts. While this is just my personal opinion, I don't think using the Aokigahara Forest as the setting for a horror movie is itself offensive.

Yes, many people have committed suicide there, but it is just a place. People who are suicidal kill themselves in a variety of places but that does not make those places taboo or sacrosanct, at least not in my mind. It may be unsettling for some people to think "that's a real place, real people died there" but it doesn't make it disrespectful or offensive to make a movie there or about it. Even a horror movie.

What would make it offensive, in my opinion, is if they did something like using real footage of people's corpses when they were found or directly denigrating real people who committed suicide there. Using specific examples of real people's suffering like that just for effect would be fairly offensive.

I don't thinks its reasonable to be offended just because "real people died there" unless they do something directly offensive to the memory of those real people. I'm sure they'll indirectly imply some supernatural evil is responsible but that's not offensive to me any more than someone implying a mental illness or global warming caused it.

If Aokigahara Forest is considered some sort of holy site or otherwise religious ground, then I'd add that the filmmakers should avoid doing things that might be considered disrespectful of the religion or that would be insulting to its followers if possible. To avoid being offensive to them at the least. Mostly, it's just tactless in my opinion to deliberately violate religious taboos on ground considered sacred to a particular religion.

Of course, I'm not easily offended.

While I personally don't think the movie will be offensive, I can understand why some people wouldn't necessarily want to watch it. Thinking about the real people who died can be disturbing. Of course, that didn't stop Titanic from being a huge success and that movie actually depicted several real people in ways that were not only wrong but very offensively wrong.
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Posted 1/15/16

lambofgenesis wrote:

Psh. They shoulda just done a movie on the Japanese bridge where dogs jump off to commit suicide. That wouldn't offend most people /and/ it would be more interesting. Cuz they could just change it up and have like some dude chasing after his dog, the dog commits sepyoku and the man goes hellbent on figuring out wtf happened and why... then supernatural stuff happens, explosions happen, mysterious crystal ball ladies approach him saying cryptic things... Western actresses show up for no reason because they wanted to investigate the bridge too... chases between yakuza and investigators ensue... supernatural stuff happens again. huge explosion at the end where the bridge is demolished to destroy the bridge once and for all and kill the supernatural entity responsible.


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Posted 1/21/16
The right question is how do Japanese people feel about it?

I have a good feeling that this is meant to panther to people who would not have otherwise watched this movie if there wasn't a reference to japan. The makers could have easily filmed it without the reference and the movie would still be much the same
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Posted 1/26/16
I've seen documentaries and read about Aokigahara Forest and it really depressed me for awhile.

When it comes to a movie about it, I don't think that Americans can capture it correctly. Now if the Japanese made it, then I think that they could really make a good and accurate movie out of it.
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