As “Twin Peaks” slowly faded into the shadows in the US in ’92, the show became hugely popular in Japan, and no one seems to be 100% sure why. After all, the more popular and critically acclaimed American shows like “Dallas” and “Dynasty” failed to make an impression. Follow New York TimesThousands of Japanese fans in 1992 staged a “fake funeral for Laura Palmer in Tokyo and two other cities”, and the country’s food industry has seen “the increasing the popularity of cherry pie”, Dale Cooper’s favorite dish.
Contrary to the usual trend, “Fire Walk With Me” actually released in Japan a few months before its US release, and was a much bigger hit. “We have pre-booked more than 100 cinemas across Japan,” the Japanese film distributor told LA Times. “That’s equivalent to 2,000 theaters in the US. This will be one of the 10 best films of the year.”
“We’re tired of regular dramas with regular human relationships,” speak a Japanese fan at the time was in both the “Twin Peaks” fan club and Kyle MacLachlan’s dedicated club, “Each character is so alive… No matter how many times you watch it, don’t get bored.”
However, Japanese fans tend to prefer the film over the prequel. “Even among those who saw the show, opinions were mixed,” the NYT reported. It wasn’t enough to kill the ongoing Peaks craze, but even at a time and place where fans were as excited as ever, the film was a bit of a letdown.
Still, it’s certainly a step up from the response in the United States, which was a near-death place in Lynch’s career.
https://www.slashfilm.com/983776/david-lynch-has-always-loved-fire-walk-with-me-even-when-nobody-else-did/ David Lynch has always loved walking fire with me, even when no one else did