War of the Worlds (2005)

cover Directed by
Steven Spielberg

Writing credits
H.G.Wells (novel)
Josh Friedman (screenplay) ...

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Genre: Sci-Fi / Drama / Thriller /
Tagline: They're already here. (more)

Plot Outline: As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival. (more) (view trailer)

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Information War of the Worlds in Tokyo, 17 June 2005
Author: tetsuo kogawa from Tokyo, Japan

It was just like a war mobilization. On June 13, we waited in the long three lines in front of the theater. At 8 am (!) the lines began to move. There was the gates to check the invitation card, ID, and personal belongings. Money, credit cards and other very personal small things were contained into a transparent small plastic bag and allowed us to carry it. The rest of the things especially mobile and computer were packed into a plastic garbage bag and taken up. After ID check, I signed an "oath" not to let out the content until June 29. Then a smiling young lady firmly fixed on my hand a wristband on which the seat number was printed. She said we have free drink inside the theater. Passing through a long corridor to the theater, I was scared if we were invited to a gas chamber. Apart from the content of the movie (I can't write it yet), I had an interesting speculation. This might be a media research experiment. Orson Wells should not have intended the all, but the fact was that his media "mischief" of October 31, 1938 at WABC, the Mercury Theatre provided the most relevant data of media control and manipulation to the communication studies and even military intelligences. Steven Spielberg and his company should be fully aware of this historical fact. This time, the research scale is not only in the US but also in the world. Why was Japan selected as the place of the first world preview.? This research experiment should reveal how the information from the US to Japan to the outer world flows. What kind of media politics and manipulation would be effective here ...etc. Coincidentally or not, Mr. Spielberg paid a courtesy visit to the President Koizumi's office before the preview.