Review of Giovanni’s Island (2014)

Moving picture, 102 minutes

Seen in 2015.

Par for the course in the “Japanese children suffer due to enemy actions in WW2” genre. Highly effective as a sentimental tragedy, certainly if you’re familiar with Miyazawa’s story and are prepared to overlook an unlikely progression of tuberculosis. The Lupin-like Hideo adds a lot of liveliness, some of the scenes of children at play are brilliantly done, and I very much appreciate the presence of the poor Korean woman who gets treated worse than the Japanese—who probably treated her worse still—and says so.

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