Shirley Yamaguchi, who went by many names in her long, accomplished lifetime, remains one of the most enigmatic figures in Japanese film history. Her multi-faceted legacy will be explored through a lecture and Q&A session by film historian and scholar Inuhiko Yomota.
In yet another racial transfiguration, Shirley Yamaguchi (Ri Koran) plays an aboriginal Taiwanese woman with fervent patriotic devotion (to Japan) named Sayun Hayun in this adaptation of a hit propaganda song, based on a true story.
This Navy-sponsored film describes the challenging training of young boys in the Yokaren, a program feeding new pilots into the Army and Navy. Setsuko Hara plays the daughter of a family that often entertains recruits on their days off – a surrogate sister to many trainees.