In Search of the Unreturned Soldiers
Japan, 1971, 92 Minute Running Time
Language: Japanese English Sub-Titles
Screens at 5:00pm Sunday, February 24th at the Sie FilmCenter
Directed by Shohei Imamura
IN SEARCH OF THE UNRETURNED SOLDIERS IN MALAYSIA
In Malaysia, Imamura follows one false lead after another as he tries to locate unreturned Japanese who had given up the culture of their birth to integrate with Malaysian society. These wrong turns take the filmmaker on a tour through the complexities of post-war Malaysia, and allow him the time to air his outrage with the Japanese military's conduct in Southeast Asia, focusing particularly on the 1942 Sook Ching massacre.
IN SEARCH OF THE UNRETURNED SOLDIERS IN THAILAND
Imamura has better luck in Thailand, where he brings together three unreturned soldiers to discuss their experiences during the war and after.
The three men, a farmer named Fujita and two doctors, Toshida and Nakayama, have responded very differently to their circumstances. All three openly describe the war crimes they committed as part of the Japanese army, but fight bitterly over their different feelings about the Emperor and the choices each has made in their post-war lives.