It’s recently come to the attention of the movie blog world that for all its success, The Dark Knight isn’t doing very well in Japan. In two weeks it has made just $8.7 million, and in it’s second week got beaten by The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor and What Happens in Vegas. Explains Japanese film critic Chika Minagawa:
“The story is very pessimistic. It has a dark and gloomy texture that Japanese movie fans do not find appealing in a ‘comic hero’ film… Japanese movie fans expect such films to be fun and action packed, for the hero to be attractive, for the villain to be loud and outrageous, and for the movie itself to be easy to understand and light.”
Minagawa later added, no tentacle rape? No robots? No schoolgirls lactating blood? It just doesn’t seem very realistic.