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I don't think anyone ever looked at sharks the same way
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Anyone have the story about the guy who was in Nepal or Tibet and went into a roadside shop where the locals were watching Jaws in english and being scared by it even though they have never and will never see a real shark and didn't understand the words?
I wasn't around when Jaws came out, but did people really not fear sharks before that movie? I've still never seen it but you've gotta be next-level retarded to not be afraid of sharks
Here it is straight from the AMA fellow redditor :^)
In 2007, I was traveling in Tibet and walked into a small teahouse in the middle of nowhere. The proprietor didn't speak Mandarin and neither did any of the patrons, so I ordered by gesturing.
Jaws was on TV, horribly subtitled in big white Chinese characters and dubbed in Mandarin. Everyone was watching. So I stuck around and watched, too.
Here's the crazy thing: the TV sucked, the image was obscured, the patrons couldn't understand the dialogue. And yet they were still scared of the shark. Tibet is a high-altitude desert, nowhere near the ocean. But man, there was one lady freaking out that the shark was going to eat Brody's kid.
I didn't think much of it at the time, but honestly, that viewing of Jaws is one of the most memorable experiences of my life. To this day, I refer to the "Tibet Test" when I think about filmmaking. Is this movie still comprehensible after bad dubbing, shitty subtitles, a crappy TV, and an audience who doesn't understand the context?
Jaws is a masterpiece of visual storytelling, and I can prove it because I saw some Tibetans scared of the shark.