Wednesday, May 2, 2007

JAPAN PUTS OUT WARNING ON BRAD PITT'S MOVIE BABEL

Brad Pitt at 'Babel' opening

Brad Pitt fans in Japan have been warned that watching his film 'Babel' could make them sick.At least 15 people have complained of nausea after watching the movie, also starring Cate Blanchett, since its release in Japan on April 28. As a result, distributors have published advertisements in national newspapers warning potential film goers of the possible stomach-churning consequences. The ad' reads: "This feature presentation includes some highly stimulating effects and some customers have complained of feeling ill." The film, dealing with the international consequences of a shooting in Morocco, was much anticipated in Japan, as native actress Rinko Kikuchi was nominated for an Oscar for her performance as a deaf mute schoolgirl. In one scene, Kikuchi's character visits a nightclub where strobe lights flash for about a minute, causing nausea in some viewers. The warning has also been displayed on the Gaga Communications website and on posters in over 300 cinemas. In 1997, an episode of the Japanese children's cartoon series 'Pokemon' also sparked hundreds of complaints for causing nausea and convulsions because it featured flashing lights.

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