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Battleship Potemkin , like many Soviet-era films, can be accused of being propaganda. I do not know enough about the Russian Revolution to say one way or the other whether Battleship Potemkin is her worship or a faithful retelling of how change came to the people. One thing is for certain though: people love underdog stories in any form and the abused and neglected sailors of the Potemkin are worthy of our sympathy.
The wild-haired Soviet director died at the fairly young age of 50 in but still had films coming out after his death, such as Ivan the Terrible, Part 2 , which was only delayed due to a ban by Joseph Stalin himself , who ironically requested the film be made in the first place , and two documentaries revolving around Mexico that were released in and respectively. Availability: Battleship Potemkin is only streaming on the Criterion Channel and is not assigned a spine. Thoughts and Analysis: The America viewpoint of the end of World War II was unique compared to almost every other country involved in that great conflict.
It is this small scale depiction of clashing ideologies that help explain Poland on a larger scale: the war was over but the fight for identity was just beginning. But, in the end, in that quagmire of mixed ideology and raw emotion, what exactly is considered right? Wajda was given an honorary Oscar in and directed films up until his death at the age of 90 in , including the Academy Award-nominated films Katyn , about a Soviet atrocity against a Polish community, and The Promised Land , about factory life in turn of the century Poland.
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Story: As Japan, unknowingly, or at least, unwillingly, inches toward defeat in World War II, Japanese soldiers in the Philippines amongst other places , struggle to preserve food, keep their boots in one piece, and hold any strategical position as the heavily armed, well-fed, and overpowering Allied forces surround them on all sides. Units and platoons are now reduced to squads of two or three and soldiers are scattered in the wilderness, looking for any haven to find salvation.
One such soldier is Private Tamura Eiji Funakoshi , who, suffering from tuberculosis, is kicked out of his unit as too sick to serve and a waste of resources. When both his old unit and the hospital are wiped out from air raids, Tamura must roam the farm fields, the jungles, and the rocky desert terrain of the Philippines, encountering friends and foes who, in the desperation of survival, have no sworn allegiance but to themselves.
Thoughts and Analysis: While Apocalypse Now depicted the descent into hell with hyper-realistic images and Saving Private Ryan showed the graphic ultra-violence of armed combat with in-your-face intensity, those films could not have existed without the harrowing, stomach-churning journey of Private Tamura in Fires on the Plain. It takes a lot to unsettle me as a writer and critic of film and I thought I had seen it all, but Fires on the Plain is so brutal that the term nihilistic seems like cushy flattery.
Although made in , based on the book of the same name published in , Fires on the Plain was ahead of its time in depicting the savagery and inhumanity of warfare by depicting it on a claustrophobically personal level. While most of the gunshots and explosions yield some generally bloodless deaths, as befitting that time in cinema, Fields amplifies the desperation of the Japanese soldiers by putting them in increasingly debased position.
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One soldier, desperate for food, eats his own feces. Soldiers ransack the dead for shoes with fewer holes than the ones they already have. Cannibalism and humans as sport become a survival technique while even Tamura himself murders an unarmed girl for a bag of salt. While a number of the films I look at in this column show the ethical conundrum of war, none of the films garner as much sympathy for people doing awful things like Fires on the Plain does.
By having our protagonist struggle with his decisions, we too, in the comfort of our couch or comfy chair, do the same, debating and reasoning with ourselves how, when no other options exist, an insane act be the only sane solution. If You Want More Ichikawa: Ichikawa had an insanely prolific career, directing film and television from to Extras on Criterion for Fires on the Plain : a interview with film historian Donald Richie ; a and combined interview between Ichikawa and Mickey Curtis , who appeared as an actor in Fires on the Plain. The barbarities of war are seldom committed by abnormal men.
The tragedy of war is that these horrors are committed by normal men in abnormal situations. Situations in which the ebb and flow of everyday life have departed and have been replaced by a constant round of fear and anger, blood and death.
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Story: In the dying days of the Boer War, a majority-Australian contingent of an English special forces-like group called the Bushveldt Carbineers falls into a trap and its leader, Captain Hunt Terence Donovan , is killed and, later, mutilated by the guerilla-like Boers. Assigned green defense attorney Major James Thomas Jack Thompson , who is literally handling his first case, the three men recount their alleged crime and slowly discover that their attempted court-martial is less about justice and more about prejudice and politics.
So Breaker Morant not only gave me a compelling courtroom drama to watch but taught me a little bit more about the history of colonial England than I currently knew. During the time period the film is set, at the turn of the 20th century, Australia was still a part of the British Empire but was becoming and more independent it is now a sovereign nation. However, after being a part of the Empire for so long, and not always seen as true citizens, Australians dealt with a lot of prejudice from their superiors. This built-in prejudice is one layer of the complicated premise Breaker Morant showcases to its audience.
The unwritten rules of war, as well as the cold-hearted machinations that go into every conflict, color the morals of our protagonists and the concept of duty. This, right away, makes us root for the Australians even though they did, indeed, do some pretty terrible things. Japanese tertiary institutions are doing their part. After the Second World War, the school became a full-fledged college with a new mission to equip women with skills and knowledge to meet the demands of the 21st century.
University President Kimio Morimune believes that the institution must expand its mission beyond education and become a huge contributor to the ongoing global debate over the evolving role of women in society. While the all-women school accepts a small number of international students, it wants to partner with more universities abroad for student exchange programs. Due to a dynamic population and an aggressive focus to become a center of entrepreneurship, Fukuoka has attracted many young people, both Japanese and foreign.
In fact, the city is home to more foreign students per capita than anywhere else in Japan.
But we further equip our students to embrace a more globalized future by being aware of diversity. While more than 70 percent of its students have experienced studies abroad, the university also introduced mixed nationality dormitories to further complement its efforts to internationalize the learning environment. Ever since its foundation, Kobe International University has prioritized internationalization. As of , around 28 percent of its freshmen were foreign students, while 10 percent of its Japanese students have joined overseas programs. To further raise those numbers, KIU has partnered with several international universities to allow its students to take fully-credited courses abroad.
Thus, all the prospective students can participate in them according to their needs. As KIU marks its 50th anniversary in , Shimomura said the school will continue its internationalization program. The Kansai Region is the home of Japanese industrial giants, such as Panasonic.
Moreover, as Japanese companies continue to expand overseas and in new markets, we invite students from these countries to experience Japan and learn the Japanese way of doing business. Ishiro Tanioka said. Japan , Part 2 was prepared for and originally printed in Foreign Affairs magazine.
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