Boy Soldiers: The Secret War in Okinawa

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Eastside Arts Alliance

2277 International Boulevard

Oakland, CA 94606

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Screening of
Boy Soldiers: The Secret War in Okinawa
A documentary by Chie Mikami and Hanayo Oya
(First Screening in Bay Area!)

Followed by a discussion with director Hanayo Oya

Hosted by Earth Gathering (続・地球の集まり)

「沖縄スパイ戦史」ベイエリア初上映!
+ 大矢英代監督のトーク & ディスカッション✨

At Eastside Arts Alliance 2277 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606
https://www.eastsideartsalliance.org/

Door opens at 1:30pm
Screening starts at 2:00pm
Discussion with director Hanayo Oya from 4:10pm
Event ends at 5:00pm

Suggested donation $15~



Synopsis:

The greatest taboo of the Battle of Okinawa, kept secret long after World War II ended, for over 70 years. Guerrilla units composed of boy soldiers, malaria epidemics, spy massacres...
Until now, not even the Japanese people knew the full scope of the secret plans that were enacted by the Japanese army’s enigmatic “Nakano school”.


Words from the directors:

“Current circumstances in Japan bring my memories back. I wonder the same tragedy would be repeated”, said almost all the survivors whom we have interviewed. Today, “protecting the nation from external threat” is the cliches that the Japanese government uses to justify a deployment of the Japanese Army, “Self-Defense Forces”, to Okinawa. Their missile units are now to be deployed on Ishigaki, Miyako, Okinawa, and Amami islands that are defined as keystones of national defense against China. Most of Japanese citizens believe that the deployment of the SDF along with the U.S. military to Okinawa is necessary to protect the nation. However, little did they know the history that only 74 years ago in Okinawa, citizens were manipulated and sacrificed their lives under the same theory.
We believe that earning a lesson from the Battle of Okinawa is an ultimate act that citizens could do to prevent another possible war. And through the film, we hope that those who wish to have strong arms and weapons to protect the nation question themselves.


CREDITS

Director & Narrator: Chie Mikami 三上智恵, Hanayo Oya 大矢英代 Producer: Yoshiko Hashimoto 橋本佳子, Shigeki Kinoshita 木下繁貴 Assistant Director: Masato Higa 比嘉真人
Cinematographer: Mamoru Hirata 平田守
Editor: Keita Suzuo 鈴尾啓太
Music: Yuji Katsui 勝井祐二
Production: DOCUMENTARY JAPAN, TOFOO FILMS, Chie Mikami, Hanayo Oya ドキュメンタリー ジャパン、東風、三上智恵、大矢英代
Original title: Okinawa Supai Senshi 沖縄スパイ戦史
Official website: http://www.spy-senshi.com
2018|Japan|114 min|HD, DCP|Color/B&W
©2018 “Boy Soldiers: The Secret War in Okinawa” Production Committee

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