The stories of the interviewees were rather banal. (I guess we are too much exposed to a similar kind of testimony films nowadays.) But, more problematic is that the life of Shanghai natives at the time was too lightly handled. The Jews who had been better off moved to Shanghai, and now they talk about the hardship they had to go through there. But to me it seemed that their life was lot better than that of the Chinese who were under Japanese occupation and persecution. Those interviewees all left Shanghai after the war, and lived well off (maybe still worse than they used to in Europe, but). I didn't see why their personal stories are that important in that specific context. If there were more about culturally specific difficulties (of being in Shanghai on the other side of the world) rather than just complaints about heat and hygiene, I would be more appreciative about the film.
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