Terasaki Nibei Foundation
April 21, 2020 Tuesday. 7:00 pm
Dinner starts 6 pm (upon order only)
Bokyo no Kane – Nostalgic Homeland
Directed by Hisako Yamada
Tragic story of Japanese immigration to Manchuria during WWII
Japan’s aggressive resettlement policy during WWII victimized so many innocent poor Japanese farmers and also Chinese in Mainland China.
Japan established the state of Manchukuo in north-east part of China and Mongolia; from 1932 through 1945 more than 270,000 Japanese firming families were relocated to border area close to Russia.
More than half lost their lives, most of them woman and children.
Men older than 15 years old were taken by Soviet as POW and forced to work in Siberia. All of this happened after Japan surrendered to allies.
This is a little known tragic history of WWII.
Hisako Yamada, 87 years old woman movie director, decided that this story must be told. She made this movie to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII.
This is a true story of poor farming villagers and a Buddhist priest who immigrated to Manchuria only three months before Japan surrender.
During flight from the Russian army, families were torn apart; only one fifth of the villagers came back alive to Japan.
The Buddhist priest was captured by Russians and endured hard labor in Siberia for many years. When he came back home he found out his wife and two children had never come back.
He starts his struggling long journey to search for left behind children in China when Japan had no diplomatic ties with China.
This movie in Japanese with English subtitle.