This Oscar nominate/winning A list director has had very few bombs in his career.
Not so long ago though he had a huge bomb.
I actually think if it was released within the past week or two it would have done much much better.
I also think what would have made it do better is if the director had not spent so much time trying to have sex with one of the actors in the movie. It was just a constant, never ending wearing down of the actor until he finally gave in.
From that point on, he continued to give in rather than listen to more of the pleading.
Director: Gus Van Sant – The Sea of Trees
Actor: Jordan Gavaris
Aokigahara, also known as the Sea of Trees, is a forest on the northwestern flank of Japan’s Mount Fuji thriving on 30 square kilometres (12 sq mi) of hardened lava laid down by the last major eruption of Mount Fuji in 864 CE.The western edge of Aokigahara, where there are several caves that fill with ice in winter, is a popular destination for tourists and school trips. Parts of Aokigahara are very dense, and the porous lava absorbs sound, helping to provide visitors with a sense of solitude.
The forest has a historical reputation as a home to yūrei: ghosts of the dead in Japanese mythology. In recent years, Aokigahara has become internationally known as one of the world’s most prevalent suicide sites, and signs at the head of some trails urge suicidal visitors to think of their families and contact a suicide prevention association. – Source
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Inside Japan’s ‘suicide forest’
(CNN)A controversial video by YouTube star Logan Paul shows what appears to be a body hanging from a tree in Japan’s Aokigahara forest, known throughout the country for the suicides that happen there.
The video sparked wide backlash for its allegedly tone-deaf treatment of suicide and mental health in a country where suicide rates are higher than most in the developed world.
Paul posted a written apology on Monday and a video apology online Tuesday after intense criticism on social media.
The place where he filmed the video, the Aokigahara forest, “is known as a place where many people choose to commit suicide,” said Karen Nakamura, a professor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, who studies disability and other social movements in contemporary Japan.
“It’s not surprising to find a body there,” she said. “But there’s a degree of outrage that a foreigner would choose to trivialize or monetize it through YouTube.”
In the introduction to the original video, Paul denied that his video was “clickbait” and said he was not monetizing the clip “for obvious reasons.” – Source