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In Search of the Unreturned Soldiers in Malaysia

A film by Shôhei Imamura

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In Malaysia, Imamura follows one false lead after another as he tries to locate unreturned Japanese who had given up the culture of their birth to integrate with Malaysian society. These wrong turns take the filmmaker on a tour through the complexities of post-war Malaysia, and allow him the time to air his outrage with the Japanese military's conduct in Southeast Asia, focusing particularly on the 1942 Sook Ching massacre.

The director eventually tracks down A-Kim, a former soldier who has converted to Islam and lives in a Malaysian community. In conversation with Imamura, Kim describes the unlikely peace he has made with his country of birth.

45 minutes / Color
English; Japanese / English subtitles
Release: 2012
Copyright: 1971

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Subject areas:
Asia, East Asia, History (World), Human Rights, Japan, Southeast Asia, World War II

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