“Apocalypse Now” and the Coronavirus Pandemic

This kind of overdoing masterpiece film would never be created again

Everyday we hear the news about how Coronavirus doing since February or March till today around the world. Every channel you see on TV or radio around the world must be talking about how this pandemic going and why we can’t expect tomorrow’s world. Some are totally at a loss staying at home with feeling time passes so quickly, others are at a loss working at front lines with time passes so slow. Personally, I have slight feeling of guilt, for I can’t support any medical workers or people who are working for making today’s world somehow stable and civilized. I really thank you from the bottom of my heart.

All I cloud do today was also just staying in my house as much as I can, so I watched “Apocalypse Now” at this moment. This movie was a kind of my bucket list movie, and I could finally watch this final-cut version. Perhaps this movie is too famous to explain though, it is a kind of masterpiece film concerting on the Vietnam-War. It totally describes how soldiers becoming mad through the meaningless war. There were so impressive and grotesque scenes, and in terms of that, I think there will be no films like this in the future (there are too many legendary behind-the-scenes story of this movie).

Anyway, the story is in Vietnam in 1970, Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) takes a perilous and increasing hallucinatory journey upriver to find and terminate Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando), a once-promising officer who has reportedly gone completely mad. The film captures how the Captain and his company are also going to be mad under such an unreasonable environment. I feel like really sick during watching this movie, and in terms of that this is really the great film.

What I felt really strange or weird was that I felt this movie as a kind of metaphor of today’s pandemic situation. Everyone has noticed that this pandemic situation could be one of the biggest 21st century’s turning point, but some are very optimistic about it and others are not. Maybe Vietnam War could have been seemed like this way. If we capture this pandemic just by optimistic view like the United States tried to think they were winning, we can overlook some chaotic facts that really happens in the scene.

The social value or system is turning around these days. We live in a world where we can save many lives by putting your heat into a video game in your house, global economy never stands easily like before. Maybe we could see the real “fear” of this pandemic from now. I don’t want to fuel your anxiety though, we really move and think carefully with calm mind.

Today, a 28 years old Japanese Sumo wrestler has passed away due to the COVID-19. According a Japanese news source, he was sent from hospital to hospital when his condition was in emergency for long time, and it is thought to be one of a main reason of his too early death. I am 27 years old now, and I really am shocked by the news. I’m so sad hearing his death, and I became so scary. However, since nobody knows true answer, we just need to do our best in our roles. I just don’t want to be a person who just worry about, but I’d like to fear the problem with right and calm way, and I will never forget that we have still bunch of hopes. Below is one of my favorite quote.

“There’s no such thing as a perfect piece of writing. Just as there’s no such thing as perfect despair.”

Haruki Murakami, Wind/Pinball

Thank you for very much for reading. Stay Positive together.

Published by Tomoharu Watanabe

Hi there. I'm 27 years old Japanese guy who currently live in northern part of Japan; Hokkaido, and a high school English teacher. Love reading books and watching movies and especially traveling around the world. Playing the guitar and kendo (Japanese traditional martial arts) is also my pastime.

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