When A Society Drifts Further From Truth

During the production of “Bouquet in the South Seas (Nan-kai no Hanataba, 1942)” The film was shot on location in Marshall Islands and other South Sea Islands, the occupied territories of Japan at the time. The caption for this photo reads “The issues of the South Sea Islands need the …

Newsreels of War (Part 3)

Southern half of Sakhalin had been a part of Japanese territory since early 20th century, and many Japanese relocated from the main islands to seek profitable opportunities. At the same time, these settlers craved for entertainment from the country they had left behind. Movies were particularly in high demand, and …

Newsreels of War (Part 2)

Akira Yamamoto (1932 – 1999), a sociologist, recalls his experience during his kindergarten days in 1937. In the playground of elementary school in my neighborhood, I saw many newsreels in the screenings sponsored by a newspaper agency. Up on the screen, I saw the train packed with soldiers were sent …