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The Apology (2016)

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Seventy years after their imprisonment in so-called "comfort stations," Grandma Gil in South Korea, Grandma Cao in China, and Grandma Adela in the Philippines are facing their twilight years. After decades of living in silence and shame about their experiences of institutionalized rape and sexual slavery, in The Apology they speak intimately with Hsiung (herself a sexual assault survivor), and give their first-hand accounts of the truth for the record, seeking apology and the hope that this horrific chapter of history not be forgotten.

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All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

The stories told by these women are tough and unflinching. Yet "The Apology" is ultimately a film of strength and hope, not of nihilism. These are truly wonder women.

June 7, 2017 | Full Review…

As women age they become invisible to society; what is heartrendingly inspiring about The Apology is the grandmothers' steadfast refusal to disappear.

December 2, 2016 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Hsiung's film is composed of a series of gut-wrenching scenes. As each of the women recalls her experience in striking detail, the audience is asked to relive the raw emotion with her.

October 3, 2017 | Full Review…

Expands public's knowledge about WW2-era "comfort women" enslaved by Japanese Army...Emotional wallop surmounts unclear political negotiations and confusing organization.

June 24, 2017 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

A timely and important documentary about the courage of three elderly survivors of sexual slavery and their quest for justice.

June 10, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Alternately enraging and sorrowful, Hsiung's film sheds much needed light on a powerful and deeply important story of injustice.

June 8, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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