ARCHIVED EVENT 17 Short Lived (2014), Dir. Takao Saiki [Japanese with English subtitles]
Thursday 2 May, 18:30-21:00
Julian Study Centre, 0.01 Lecture Theatre (UEA campus)
On Thursday 2nd May the Centre for Japanese Studies welcomed Japanese director and producer Takao Saiki for a special screening of his film 17 Short Lived followed by a Q&A with the director. The film was very well attended by staff, students and members of the public, including Norwich's Japanese community. The film was engaging and thought-provoking, and led to a lively discussion after the screening.
If you were not able to attend the screening, you can read about the film below, and there are also clips on YouTube.
A survivor from WWII in Okinawa, Japan, Miyagi Michiko talks about her life-changing experiences. She couldn't talk about it for 44 years, because she thought she would be arrested by the Japanese government if she did. Nothing was told to the student corps while they were serving as nurses in the battlefield, because the Japanese government and military was secretive. Graduation ceremony was held inside a bomb shelter so none of the parents attended. She could never forget about her school mate, Secchan, because she was the only one she witnessed the moment of her passing. She doesn't know how and where in the field the rest of her friends were killed. 555 high school girls were drafted to become nurses. 194 of them died.
Find out more about the film here.