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The film is visually compelling, but suffers because [director] Li fails to put events into context, a fact likely to confuse viewers not versed in Japanese history.
Directed by Chinese filmmaker Li Ying, it's an impressionistic documentary that concentrates on the Yasukuni shrine, a Japanese religious memorial to soldiers who died for the emperor.
Yasukuni addresses a passionately contested snarl of issues with a calm, nuanced ethical curiosity.
The documentary's cultural impact is lost in translation -- Yasukuni initially had trouble getting shown at all in Japan -- but the skill of the enterprise isn't.
It's impossible to watch Ying's film and not think of our own monuments towards heroism, which also come at the expense of blood
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