Guo Ke follows his multiple-award winning short Thirty Two with the searching and highly moving documentary Twenty Two, which again focuses on the subject of Chinese ‘comfort women’ during World War II.
At the time of filming, only 22 of the 200,000 Chinese victims forced into sexual slavery during World War II remained alive. Through a restrained and careful approach, Twenty Two offers a look at the current situation and lives of these 22 elderly women. Quietly humanistic, the engaging and challenging film follows the subjects as they go about their daily lives, listening to them talk about their experiences and their own perspectives on life, including both suffering and happiness. Skilfully avoiding becoming intrusive, Guo Ke’s film attempts to trace, assemble and preserve fragments of histories both factual and highly personal, and ensuring their voices are heard. With a strong sense of character and obvious investment in its subject matter, the film invites the viewer to listen to the stories of these women, and pays tribute to their bravery.
December 1944, 24-year-old Wei Shaolan and her 1-year-old daughter were seized and sent to a Japanese camp, where Wei was forced to work as a ‘comfort woman’ — a woman forced into prostitution for Japanese servicemen during World War II. Despite being physically and mentally abused, Wei unbelievably escaped the heavily guarded ‘Comfort Station’ pregnant, shamed, and unsure of what fate awaited her return home. This documentary presents the true legendary story of Wei Shaolan and follows her traumatic and courageous journey from forced prostitution to life today with her Japanese son. ‘Real Heroes’ are people who can face life bravely even after a tormented life, and Wei’s story offers inspiration to those faced with seemingly hopeless adversity.
733MB | 43 min 8 s | 1920×800 | mkv