Film: “The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On”

October 19, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Newton Hall 204, SUNY Geneseo
University Dr
Geneseo, NY 14454
Jun Okada Ph.D.

The Alan Lutkus International Film Series Presents
“The Other Side of War: Stories of Trauma and Healing”

Free and open to the public. With support from the Provost’s Office, the Departments of English, Philosophy, and Music and the Office of Multicultural Programs and Services

October 19, 2017 – 7:00 PM in Newton 204
The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On
(Japan, 1987, Hara Kazuo)

This absorbing documentary follows Kenzo Okuzaki–a veteran of Japan’s WWII campaign in New Guinea–as he searches out those responsible for the mysterious deaths of several soldiers in his unit. Though he holds Emperor Hirohito accountable for all the suffering caused by WWII, he painstakingly tracks down former military officers and accuses them of specific war crimes, often times abusing them verbally and physically. Director Kazua Hara’s subtle cinéma vérité not only captures the zeal of Okuzaki’s lifelong mission, but also exposes the atrocities committed by the Japanese military against its own soldiers. Presented by Brooke McCorkle, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music. Presented in association with Cultural Harmony Week.

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