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Kiyoshi Saeki – Kita no san-nin AKA Three Women of the North (1945)

Japan’s Last World War Propaganda Film
The last film produced under the national film policy before Japan’s capitulation in August 1945. “Kita no san-nin” stars an impressive cast of Japanese stars such as Setsuko Hara, Hideko Takamine, Susumu Fujita and Takashi Shimura in a last attempt to boost the public’s support for the war. The film is set at a little airport in the North of the country, where three young women are part of the military radiocommunication unit, supporting the local pilots and airport staff. Their joined effort and their private hardships bring these women together, such as the death of Yoshie’s brother who also used to be Sumiko’s fiancé. By showing the young woman’s efforts as pure and good, the film delivers its propaganda message: endure your hardships for the greater cause.
The film was only screened once after it’s relase in August 1945 and then – not very suprisingly – locked away by the American occupation forces. The top cast, the melodramatic take on propaganda and some decent action scenes however render it an interesting part of Japanese film history.

683MB | 1h 09m | 658×462 | avi



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