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.
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