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ANPO: Art X War (2010)

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ANPO: Art X War tells the story of Japan's historic resistance to U.S. military bases in Japan through an electrifying array of artwork created by Japan's foremost artists. The film ... See full summary »

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ANPO: Art X War tells the story of Japan's historic resistance to U.S. military bases in Japan through an electrifying array of artwork created by Japan's foremost artists. The film articulates the insidious, lasting impact that the U.S. military presence has had on Japanese lives, and the creative processes that artists have devised to transmit the spirit of resistance. Written by Anonymous

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Though not nearly as well known on these shores as the U.S.-Japan Peace Treaty, a Security Treaty (or "ANPO", which is short for the Japanese name of the contract) was also signed between the nations on the same day, 8 September 1951, and went into effect at the same time a few months later. Among other things, it allowed the U.S. to maintain armed forces on Japanese soil, an issue that became cause célèbre when the treaty was revised and extended in 1960. Directed by the Japanese-born and raised Linda Hoaglund, who is responsible for providing English subtitles for hundreds of Japanese films over the past decade or so, ANPO: Art X War views the events surrounding the mass protests through the vision of Japanese artists from various mediums—mostly painters and photographers, but also included are relevant clips from the work of filmmakers such as Ôshima Nagisa, Kamei Fumio and Kawashima Yûzô. The only non-Japanese viewpoint is provided by the acclaimed New York Times reporter and author Tim Weiner, who provocatively parallels the U.S.-Japan relationship with that of a pimp and a prostitute. This comprehensive documentary also delves, though less explicitly, into pertinent issues of both today and the period immediately after the war, which help flesh out its central theme. It contains images and moments of extreme pain and sorrow, perhaps none more so than the covertly taken photograph of a five-year-old lying dead in the middle of a road after being run over by a convoy on its way to Vietnam. Elegantly shot and edited, this is a gripping and affecting piece of work.


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