Unreturned Soldiers In Malaysia, The

Unreturned Soldiers In Malaysia, The

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.

"UNRETURNED SOLDIERS IN MALAYSIA plays out like a detective story."—Mike Hale, The New York Times


Main credits

Imamura, Sh̄ohei (film director)

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Distributor subjects

East Asia
History (World)
Human Rights
Southeast Asia
World War II


; "Unreturned Soldiers In Malaysia, The"; Icarus Films; "Unreturned Soldiers In Malaysia, The"; Icarus Films

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