The elderly are interviewed on the memories they have on the Japanese soldiers who occupied China in the late ‘30s. Some remembered, some didn’t, but the result is an endearing chronicle of what we choose to live with in the old age.
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My Neighbours and Their Japanese GhostsDirected byYang Lina
I'm so glad that I caught this before it expired. Raw, funny, and sad tales told on the streets of China by its senior citizens - through missing teeth and hazy memories. A reminder that we are still living in the shadows of World War II.
Yang Lina less interviews her subjects than gleans memories, impressions, hints of emotion... The result is something more delicate than an oral history, though probably just as necessary, of survivors/resisters of the Japanese occupation. Handled with grace (though verging, methodologically, on ethically questionable, given the risk of re-traumatizing the unprepared). At 52 minutes, well worth the watch. 3.5
It's good that people watch this, because Japanese didn't fight only the US; to them - it was a scratch, people from China or Korea got it much worse. In my opinion Yang Lina should've worked more with the editing, some of the things are unnecessary, the longer doesn't mean better. Quick synopsis of the war at the beggining of the film also would be appreciated.
Watched this on Australia Day here at home, a holiday that I sadly cannot celebrate given our country's unwillingness to do more to acknowledge the horrors of its past. Really felt the importance of documenting experiences of individuals who lived history firsthand. Nice film that's only a little formally exhausting.