Warner Bros. has withdrawn Clint Eastwood directed movie Hereafter from all the theatres in Japan following the devastating earthquake and tsunami on 11th March and also postponed the release of The Rite in the country. Meanwhile, the production house has announced to raise relief funds for the the island nation from the DVD and Blu-ray of Hereafter, which has hit the stalls on March 15.
Movie Hereafter was released in Japan on February 19, 2011. But due to tsunami, the film was withdrawn from the country two weeks earlier than originally planned. "In deference to the tragic unfolding events in Japan, we have pulled Hereafter from the theatres and will postpone the Japanese release of The Rite (which was scheduled to open this coming weekend) to a later date," the Telegraph quoted Warner Bros. as saying in a statement.
Just a day after pulling Hereafter from theaters in Japan, the studio announced that the film's March 15 release on DVD and Blu-ray would raise funds for relief efforts in the island nation. Kevin Tsujihara, president of Warner Bros. Said, "Our hearts and prayers go out to the people of Japan. We are committed to supporting relief and rebuilding efforts during this difficult time."
However, Hereafter deals with three parallel stories about three people affected by death in different ways. Directed by Clint Eastwood, the movie stars Matt Damon in the lead. It is a film primarily about death, grief and the afterlife, but it opens with an intense sequence showing a tsunami ravaging a coastal city and leaving its streets filled with corpses and wreckage.