ARTE FRANCE, KAMI PRODUCTIONS
German, English, French
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.