Celebrity Directors Criticize Sexual Harassment in Japanese Films | Entertainment News

By YURI KAGEYAMA, Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) – The #MeToo scandal continues in the Japanese film industry.

A petition signed by the top names, including Hirokazu Kore-eda who won the Cannes’ Palme d’Or, Cannes Prize winner Jury Koji Fukada and “Under the Sky” director Miwa Nishikawa, expressed outrage at sexual harassment .

“These actions will not be forgiven,” the statement said, urging such actions to be stopped.

The explosion comes after the first two-film screening of Hideo Sakaki, “Mitsugetsu” and “Hazard Lamp,” was canceled after the Japanese magazine Shukan Bunshun report allegations of sexual harassment to several women.

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His production company condemned the sexual harassment and announced that Sakaki was gone. Sakaki apologized in a statement to fans and colleagues for the cancellation, noting the inaccuracy in the report, which he did not elaborate.

Actress Houka Kinoshita suspended her career after two women accused her of seeking sex against their will ten years ago. A series of TV dramas were announced earlier this week with all of his plays.

“I will not appear before you and continue with my leisure activities after what I have done, and I will take vacations indefinitely,” Kinoshita said in a statement.

Charges have also been leveled against Shion Sono, director of the Berlin International Film Festival.

Sono, who conducted the “Himizu” and the “Cold Fish,” apologized but later admitted his guilt, and instead vowed to take “some form of action” against Shukan Josei, a magazine that reported allegations of sexual abuse of several women.

“I like to re-evaluate my methods, I take seriously the weaknesses I have shown as a manager, and for those who work closely with me,” Sono said in a statement this week about his office.

But there are many statements in the report that are contrary to the facts.

It should come as no surprise that #MeToo is based in the No. 1 country. 120 in terms of equity, far behind the Group of Seven industrialized nations, according to a World Economic Forum study.

However, the timing, coming when “Drive My Car,” directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi, had just won its first Oscar for Japan in 13 years, would not be a disaster for feta.

The directors signed the petition and some said the problem was a long-standing, open secret in the world of filmmaking. What changes is that the victims speak, rather than suffer in silence.

When film works are a competition to start with, including assistant facilitator, editing, purchasing, translating, producing, not just acting, the problem is serious.

The statement by Kore-eda and other directors that denounces sexual harassment in films cannot be done alone and requires a team.

That means empowered people must respect everyone as partners, the executives said.

“We managers, regardless of the ability or personality of the individual, in particular, must recognize that our position of directing people naturally is accompanied by serious violence, and there are opportunities that create to make it easier for us to abuse others because of our great power, ”they said.

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