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I went to Koreatown in Kawasaki today and it was really, really quiet and deserted, a far cry from bustling Yokohama Chinatown....had lunch at Yakiniku place owned by a Zainichi Korean (Japanese-Korean).....Kawasaki has Japan's largest concentration of Japanese of Korean ethnicity after Osaka, which has the biggest Korean population in Japan..
Another memorable scene in the film:
Japanese soldiers are chasing after the two sisters....they run to their childhood hiding place, an underground small basement below the wooden planks of the bedroom.
'Come down, quick'
'We have grown up, there is only room for one person now..'
As Mong Dai tries to drag her sister down, her sister knowing that the japanese will not be satisfied not finding both girls removes her hand and shuts the basement door shut.....
Memorable scene in the film:
'Why did you want to sacrifice yourself' 'don't u know how to resist???' 'why?' 'why?' 'why?'
'I am hurtin...'
‘我聽人家說你 。 。 。 。’‘你為什么要犧牲自己﹖ 你不會反抗的嗎 ﹖ 為 什 么 ﹖ 為 什 么 ﹖ 為 什 么 ﹖ ’
‘我其實很痛的。 。 。 。 。 ’
Story: The year is Dec 1941 and Mong Dai 望娣 has just returned to HK from boarding school as the school has closed down due to the rumours of imminent invasion from the Imperial Japanese Army. Her father has a pawn shop and they live above the shop. She has a sister who is traditional and uneducated and they have an evil stepmom and step sister who always bully the older sister Shun Dai 信娣 who does all the housework. Both sisters fall for Hong Kong University medical student Shum Fong 沈放 but he loves only Mong Dai. On Dec 8th 1941, the japanese troops suddenly invade Hong Kong from China and the lives of these two sisters are changed forever....
One of my biggest interest is on Japanese warcrimes during WW2 and post-war issues of official apology and compensation for the Asian victims of Japanese atrocities.
I have done research on this topic and collected much information over the years and have a large collection of documents , newspaper clippings, and books now...
I feel that a great injustice has been done that the Japanese government has not had to atone for what Japan did in WW2 unlike Germany....until now, unlike in Germany, Japan has not paid a single cent in official compensation(as China, South Korea and all other Asian countries decided to give up their legal rights to compensation after the war, being satisfied with Japanese economic aid and ODA which although the Japanese love to point out is compensation is simply not compensation since all economic aid given is not given in the name of wartime compensation and thus allows Japan to circumvent responsibility and atonement for the war) nor apologised sincerely (apologised many times BUT none were sincere except maybe 1995 apology since all apologies inevitably are followed by contradictory actions and words like visits to Yasukuni Shrine which honors Japanese Class A warcriminals such as Tojo and statements by senior Ministers such as former Justice Minister that deny Japanese troops ever committed any atrocities) and continues to deny WW2 atrocities committed by the Japanese Imperial Forces. This year being the 60th Anniversary of WW2 and with Japanese approval of right-wing textbooks for schools (all history textbooks now, not only the notorious one by a right-wing group, have deleted or drastically reduced references to the Comfort Women and other warcrimes) and with one of the largest-scale anti-Japanese demonstrations in China and Korea in years, i would like to discuss more on this issue....
Since i am in Japan now, i have taken the opportunity to do more research here whilst on exchange and have attended one court session on the comfort women and plan to attend the court final judgement for a well-known Chinese war-time slave labour case and other cases which i will put up pics later...