JAPAN – A sequel to the documentary that won the Academy Award has been approved!
“The Cove,” a documentary chronicling bloody dolphin hunting in the Japanese fishing town of Taiji, received an Oscar for best documentary on Sunday. The documentary mixes in stunning underwater shots of majestic dolphins with discreet grisly footage of dolphin slaughter. The movie also claims that dolphin meat is laden with toxic mercury.
Taiji has defended its practice and says that hunting dolphins is part of a long tradition. The quiet fishing village on the rocky coast of southwestern Japans says it kills only a small fraction of the dolphins hunted by the country each year.
“This is a close-knit group of fishermen. The more they feel squeezed, the more they will close off to outsiders. They won;t stop this hunt because of such pressure,” said Hisato Ryono, a local councilman who appears in the film.
Environmentalists and animal lovers have come down hard on the village of Taiji and many feel that its practices need to cease and stop the harming of dolphins.
The makers of “The Cove” are so pleased with the appreciation and acclaim that their documentary has received that they have decided to go ahead with a sequel. This sequel will turn away from the documentary approach and become more of a feature film.
The leaked insider information on the sequel is that it will be centered on the plot of taking down the village of Taiji and doing away with the practice of slaughtering dolphins. It’s rumored to be a big budget blockbuster and the big guns have been called in to help. There are contract negotiations going on to bring in Michael Bay to produce it and Gizmo the dolphin has signed on to star in the film.
Gizmo is the mysterious dolphin with human arms who has become somewhat of a fairy tale on the scale of unicorns. He suddenly surfaced in Japan and sought out the makers of “The Cove” because he feels a strong connection to the issue.
“This terrible practice and tradition needs to be done with. I don’t care if it’s a small fraction that are slaughtered, there is no place for it,” said Ginzo using sign language. “This film will not only raise awareness to a whole new level, but hopefully bring me an Oscar nomination for best actor next year.”