Okinawa: The Afterburn - Ginmaku 2016

New Films from Japan

Vom 14. bis 17. April 2016 findet im Houdini das zweite Ginmaku-Festival statt, welches neue Filme aus Japan präsentiert.

«Okinawa: The Afterburn»
On April 1, 1945, the United States military launched its invasion of the main island of Okinawa, the start of a battle that was to last 12 weeks and claim the lives of some 240,000 people. This film depicts the battle through the eyes of Japanese and American soldiers who fought each other on the same battlefield, along with Okinawa civilians who were swept up in the fighting, complemented by extensive archival footage from the US National Archives. The film also depicts the history of discrimination and oppression forced upon Okinawa by the American and Japanese governments, from the postwar occupation through the present. Carrying up to the current controversy over the construction of a new base at Henoko, the film explores the root causes of the widespread disillusionment and anger expressed by many Okinawans.
This ambitious documentary was directed by the American John Junkerman, long-term resident of Japan and Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker. «Okinawa: The Afterburn» is a heartfelt plea for peace and an expression of deep respect for the unyielding spirit of the Okinawa people.

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Der Film wird in der japanischen Originalversion mit englischen Untertiteln gezeigt.

Okinawa: The Afterburn - Ginmaku 2016

von John Junkerman

Japan 2015, 148 Min.
Altersfreigabe: 16 J
Startdatum: 17.04.2016

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