Setouchi shonen yakyu dan (MacArthur's Children) (1984)





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The title of MacArthur's Children refers to the generation growing up in Japan since the end of World War II. A tiny Japanese island serves as a microcosm for the events in the mainland during the time of VE Day. Young Takaya Yamauchi is a war orphan whose best friend, Yoshikuri Omori, refuses to acknowledge the defeat of the Rising Sun. Another friend, Shiori Sakura, is the son of a Japanese admiral who has "lost face" by exhibiting mercy towards the hated British. Confused by the loss of the only world that they know, and resentful of the government's attempts to impose revisionism on all they've ever learned, the kids in the film plan to vent their wrath on the incoming American occupying forces. Once the Americans have arrived, the children are in for yet another culture shock: far from being the murderous monsters they've been conditioned to expect, the troops intend to honor General Douglas MacArthur's edict that the defeated Japanese be treated with dignity and compassion. MacArthur's Children was written and directed by two of those titular children, Takeshi Tamura (writer) and Masahiro Shinoda (director); the film was adapted from the Japanese best-seller by Yu Aku. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Takaya Yamauchi
as Ryuta Ashigara
Yoshiyuki Omori
as Saburo Masaki (Baraketsu)
Shiori Sakura
as Mume Hatano
Masako Natsume
as Komako Nakai
Haruko Kato
as Haru Ashigara
Shinsuke Shimada
as Jiro Masaki
Taketoshi Naito
as Ginzo Nakai
Chiharu Shukuri
as Yoko Masaki
Bill Jensen
as Lt. Anderson
Takashi Tsumura
as Interpreter
Juzo Itami
as Adm. Hatano
Shima Iwashita
as Tome Anabuki
Akihiro Hattori
as Teruo Nakai (Debukuni)
Osamu Yamazaki
as Jin Nitta (Ninjin)
Munekatsu Mori
as Kinsuke Orihara (Bora)
Takeshi Marutani
as Haruo Kanda (Gancha)
Tsutomu Tatsumi
as Takayuki Yoshizawa (Dankichi)
Kuniyasu Toda
as Mamoru Takase (Anone)
Ryuji Sawa
as Shintaro Ikeda
Hiromi Goh
as Masao Nakai
Shuji Otake
as Tadao Ashigara
Ken Watanabe
as Tetsuo Nakai
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