Oppenheimer Is Playing In Every Country Except Japan

Japanese residents wait for Nolan's Oppenheimer release. 'Barbenheimer' event showcases Barbie alongside Oppenheimer in UK cinemas. Global cinephiles celebrate films.


Japanese residents may have to exercise patience before witnessing Christopher Nolan's highly-anticipated film, Oppenheimer, on the big screen. While UK cinemas are currently buzzing with an event dubbed 'Barbenheimer,' showcasing Greta Gerwig's Barbie alongside Oppenheimer, Japan is yet to receive an official release date for Nolan's film.

Despite not being outrightly banned, Oppenheimer's Universal spokesperson revealed that plans for the film's release have not been finalized in all markets. However, this doesn't imply a permanent exclusion for Japanese audiences, as the film is expected to make its way to Japanese shores in due course.

For those unfamiliar with the film's plot, Oppenheimer delves into the life of theoretical physicist J Robert Oppenheimer, renowned for his involvement in developing the first nuclear bomb. The movie sheds light on the top-secret Manhattan Project, which ultimately led to the detonation of two atomic bombs during the Pacific War in 1945, resulting in the devastating loss of approximately 200,000 lives in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


Nolan has described Oppenheimer as an intense story, even drawing comparisons to a horror movie. While the Japanese release date remains unknown, many film enthusiasts have already experienced the 'Barbenheimer' weekend, sharing their thoughts on social media. Some advised viewing Barbie before Oppenheimer, allowing time to absorb each film's emotions, while others praised the latter for its phenomenal performance and Christopher Nolan's directorial prowess.