2019 / Japan’s film “Nostalgic for Homeland” depicting Japanese war experience to be screen again in Torrance, Nov. 15

Japan’s film “Bokyo no Kane – Nostalgic for Homeland” will be screening again by popular demand in Torrance.

This movie was shown at three locations in past August. It was so well received it had to turn away some audiences because the limit of seating space. Therefore the organizer announced the re-engagement of screening, also expressed intention to seek out people who was once associated with Manchuria to record their experiences.

“Bokyo no Kane – Nostalgic for Homeland” will be screen on Friday, Nov. 15 at 6:00pm at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2706 West 182nd Street, Torrance, CA 90504, on W.182nd South of Crenshaw Blvd. Doors open at 5:30pm. Admissions are $15.

For more information about the film screening, contact Mikko Henson at (310) 378-3550 or email  mh.gendaipuro@gmail.com

Nostalgic for Homeland: The movie is a true story of Nagano Prefecture’s farming villagers and a Buddhist priest who immigrated to Manchuria only three months before Japan lost WWII. During flight from the Soviet Union Army, families were torn apart; only one third of the villagers came back alive to Japan.

The Buddhist priest was captured by the Soviet Union Army and endured hard labor in Siberia for two-and-half years. When he came back home in Nagano, he found out his wife and two children had never come back. He started his struggling long journey to search for left behind children in China when Japan had no diplomatic ties with China. This is his life story of dedication and success to unite people despite of many obstacles. He died in 1990.

History: From 1932 through 1945, Japan’s resettlement policy sent more than 270,000 Japanese of farming family to Manchuria in northern part of China and Mongolia. After the Japan’s surrender to the Allied Nation in August 1945, Soviet Union Army occupied Manchuria. By brutality of Soviet Union Army and without the escape plan of Japanese government, more than half of the Japanese immigrants, most of them women and children, died. Soviet Union incarcerated 600,000 Japanese soldiers and civilians in forced-labor camps in Siberia. More than 50,000 Japanese inmates died in Siberia.