Okinawa 1988-1991

Okinawa 1988-1991

Friday, March 10, 2006

New movie to explain the Battle of Okinawa

Kousho Fukuchi is now releasing a third motion picture on the World War II Battle of Okinawa.

Produced by the One Feat Campaign Association, the new documentary is ‘The Evidence of the Okinawa Battle’. It’s Japanese release is set for March 27th. An English language version is now in production.

Fukuchi says the movie’s purpose is to let the world’s children and others see the war from a Battle of Okinawa perspective. He chose television newscaster Jhon Kabira to narrate the film. Kabira, who was born in Naha City, says he’s happy to help because “I want the world’s people see this movie and let it be an inheritance to the future.”

‘Evidence of the Okinawa Battle’ is the third in Fukuchi’s Okinawa series. The first, ‘Evidence of the Future’, was released several years ago. It was followed with ‘The Documentary of the Okinawa Battle War’. The films are made using films taken by American military photographers during and after the Battle of Okinawa. Fukuchi notes the film shows experienced people talking, and says it’s easy to understand.

“This movie has made it easy to understand,” says Fukuchi. “The words are selected just like a school child’s text book. I hope school children can see the movie too.”

The upcoming World Uchinanchu Festival played into Fukuchi’s planning. The October event will be a time “for everyone to see this movie.” He says “these days, children are forgetting about the war, and don’t care so much about talking about war stories.”"


Blogger Chuang Shyue Chou said...

Do you know if there will eventually be a version of this film with English subtitles?

I read about it and I am curious about this new-found nationalistic sentiment.

March 15, 2006 8:34 AM  
Blogger Darren said...

An English language version is in production now. I don't know anything about the release date yet though.

March 15, 2006 9:41 AM  
Blogger Chuang Shyue Chou said...

A third one? I am somewhat startled. I thought there was one which was very successful? I recall reading somewhere that a recent film on the battle for Okinawa had somehow connected with the Japanese public. Where previously, a pacifist attitude had prevented even movies with a suggestive nationalistic message or World War II movies from being screened, now, given a new generation, the attitudes and moods are different. This non-guilty new generation is confident, (and yes, we know that there may be rightwing nationalists among them..) and they have interesting new views. Hence, I am curious.

Three films? And what of the first two? Do you know if they are available outside Japan?

Heheh. Thanks for your reply.

March 15, 2006 8:35 PM  

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