Corações Sujos (Dirty Hearts) (Co-presented by Reel Asian Film Festival)
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When Japan lost World War II, a new war started in Brazil: A war between the Japanese immigrants who accepted defeat and those who did not. Dirty Hearts tells the true story of one of these warriors.
You can't wash murder off. Taking place after WWII, pride, honour, and legacy transform non-military family and working men into patriotic soldiers of an almost suicidal infantry. These Japanese immigrants are driven to rebel and to fight against the notion that Japan has surrendered to the United States and defeat is just a product of American propaganda. Set in Brazil where the largest Japanese community outside of Japan is located, these makeshift soldiers confront those who oppose them even targeting their own countrymen. In the larger context, they must also defend themselves against the larger Brazilian community as they are treated as second-class citizens fueling their alienation and enabling Japanese versus Japanese. Is it manipulative self-destruction or cultural preservation in the name of justice? In Dirty Hearts, a beautifully shot Japanese Western, wives re-evaluate their husbands because they are never to be the same again.
Q&A with York U Modern And Contemporary Japanese Literature Professor Ted Goossen and U of T Japanese Studies Librarian Fabiano Rocha
Programmer: Allison Wilson-Forbes
Fri, April 13th, 2012
Famous Players Canada Square Cinemas
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