• Director(s):

    WATANABE (KENICHI)

  • Producer(s):

    ARTE FRANCE, KAMI PRODUCTIONS

  • Territories:

    Worldwide.

  • Production year:

    2016

  • Language(s):

    German, English, French

  • Rights:

    TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD

Between 1895 and 1945 Japan was constantly at war in South-East Asia. After its defeat in 1945, Japan pushed the population to turn inward to a strong and revisionist nationalist power. But is this ideology from the past a threat to its present democracy?

The documentary is built around present footage in four places that resonate with Japan's past, i.e. Tokyo, a place where electoral issues coalesce; Manchuria, the region conquered by Japanese imperialism; Okinawa and American post-war occupation; and Nagasaki, the symbol of modern-day Japan. These places make it possible to shed light on Japan's confrontations with the West, the geopolitical tensions in South-East Asia and Japan's democratic politics.