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Critic Reviews for Yasukuni
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
Audience Reviews for Yasukuni
Depressing but informative. It's difficult to rate this documentary as a normal film, but I suppose it held my interest well enough.
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