A Whale of a Tale

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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 longstanding 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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  • Always interesting and informative...

    Sep 6, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Its cooler-heads heart is in the right place, but "A Whale of a Tale" is an unfortunately directionless, low-gear rebuttal that hardly ever stirs up emotions as effectively as "The Cove" did.

    Aug 23, 2018 | Full Review…
  • In Sasaki's unofficial but necessary sequel to The Cove, she aptly considers how both sides of a conflict believe they are doing the right thing.

    Aug 17, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "A Whale of a Tale" is a rambling blend of complaint, tourism and straw-men arguments. What it's not is persuasive.

    Aug 16, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Together, these voices paint a complex picture of the clash between globalism and a fast-disappearing localism.

    Aug 15, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A Whale of a Tale delivers a thoughtful riposte to The Cove even while providing plenty of opportunity for those opposed to the practice of killing or capturing whales and dolphins to make their case.

    Aug 15, 2018 | Full Review…

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