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Yasukuni Reviews

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August 14, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 14, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 12, 2009
Yasukuni addresses a passionately contested snarl of issues with a calm, nuanced ethical curiosity.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 11, 2009
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.
August 11, 2009
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
| Original Score: 4/5
August 11, 2009
A fascinating portrait of the dark side of Japanese society, Ying Li's film is not so much about Japan's shrine to its war dead as it is an indictment of Japan's wartime aggression.
August 10, 2009
Writer-director Li Ying should be commended for the complexity he's given a subject as controversial as the Yasukuni shrine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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