Whale of a Tale

Together, these voices paint a complex picture of the clash between globalism and a fast-disappearing localism.


A Whale of a Tale

In 2010, Taiji, a sleepy fishing town in Japan, suddenly found itself in the worldwide media spotlight. The Cove, a documentary denouncing the town’s long-standing whale and dolphin hunting traditions, won an Academy Award and almost overnight, Taiji became the go-to destination and battleground for activists from around the world.

Can a proud 400-year-old whaling tradition survive a tsunami of modern animal-rights activism and colliding forces of globalism vs. localism?

A Whale of a Tale reveals the complex story behind the ongoing debate. Told through a wide range of characters including local fishermen, international activists and an American journalist (and long time Japanese resident), this powerful documentary unearths a deep divide in eastern and western thought about nature and wildlife and cultural sensitivity in the face of global activism.
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Environment, Politics & World Affairs, Nature
English, Japanese
Megumi Sasaki
Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

The opening minutes of the new documentary by Megumi Sasaki ('Herb & Dorothy') depicts a Japanese festival where patrons are served heaping amounts of whale stew and whale meatballs. It certainly sets the scene for 'A Whale of a Tale,' which serves as a sort of de facto sequel to 2010's Oscar ...

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