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Memories in Tears ― Pass on the War Stories to the Next Generation


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Overview 
 

Several years ago, some students who visited Nagasaki on a school trip insulted an A-bomb survivor who acted as a storyteller, which became a big social issue.


Shocked by this incident, a junior high school girl wrote an essay titled "Pass on the war stories to the next generation", which won Justice Minister’s Award in the National Human Rights Essay Contest.


"Why was Japan unable to stop the war?" To seek answers to this question, she began to listen to war stories from her great grandfather who used to be a drafted soldier.


This film depicts, with recitation of her essay, interviews with ex-soldiers and historical video materials, how Japan was dragged into war, how it affected lives of ordinary people, and how this girl learned the importance of passing on stories of the war to young generations.


Director 
 

Director- Hiromi Takagi

Hiromi Takagi was born in Karatsu City, Saga Prefecture, Japan.

After graduation from university, he worked for NET Asahi Productions Co., Ltd (presently TV Asahi Productions Co., Ltd), being involved in production of TV programs. Then he started his career as screenwriter and film director in the education film department of Toei Company, Ltd., dealing with many different social and educational subjects. The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake of 1995 made him realize the importance of disaster prevention education and in the same year, he launched Eigakusya Co., Ltd. He has made a lot of films that featured life-related themes such as disaster prevention and traffic issues. He has won a number of awards in Japanese Educational Film Festival. His representative work “Fire, Smoke, Toxic Gas--- Shinjuku Building Fire” received the top award in the Fuego International Film Festival in Spain in 2004.



Purpose of this work


Today, more than 70% of Japanese people were born after the 2nd world war, and "living witnesses" who can talk about experiences of war have been decreasing. Meanwhile, more and more young people tend to glamorize war and make much of brave nationalistic remarks. Memories of the war seem to be fading rapidly. We must not forget that Japan expanded the war mainly in Asia and caused tremendous casualties in World War
U. As many as 3.1 million Japanese died, and more than 19 million people in Asian countries were deprived of their lives.

This film is based on an essay written by a junior high school girl, entitled "Pass on the war stories to the next generation". To seek answers to the question, "Why was Japan unable to stop war?", she tried to learn stories of wars from her great grandfather who used to be a drafted soldier.

In this film, we depict how Japan marched into the quagmire of the war, through interviews with ex-soldiers including the girl’s great grandfather and various historical video materials.

War kills people and makes people kill. War deprives people of humane feelings. War should never be done for whatever reason. What is necessary for that is the imagination to the miseries of war. To foster this imagination, we need to hand down the stories of war to younger generations. We hope this film will help bring enlightenment especially to people with no experience of war.



 
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