The James Cameron produced 3D adventure movie Sanctum has done reasonable business in the west. The film, directed by Alister Grierson and inspired by events experienced by its screenwriter Andrew Wright, has already made double the money invested in it despite universally poor reviews, and hasn’t yet made it to the Far East. That date now looks to be set back even further following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that has struck Japan’s coastline this month.
Sanctum was scheduled for a theatrical release on April 22nd, but given the volume of people who have died in the devastated towns on Japan’s east coast, scenes from the film in which a cyclone endangers the characters by sending gallons of water down the cave have been deemed potentially insensitive by distributors Toho-Towa. Other films that have been delayed as a result of the earthquake have been Battle: Los Angeles, due to its scenes of city wide devastation, and Countdown to Zero, due to its depicted nuclear conflict. There have also been several Japanese productions delayed for injuries, deaths and technical problems caused by the disaster.
You can read our review of Sanctum, HERE.