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Canceled ‘Shusenjo’ Festival Screening Sparks Freedom of Speech Outrage in Japan

31 October 2019

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Canceled ‘Shusenjo’ Festival Screening Sparks Freedom of Speech Outrage in Japan

Leading Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda (Shoplifters, The Truth) has criticized the decision by the little-known Kawasaki Shinyuri Film Festival to cancel a screening of Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue. He argues that it is a freedom of speech issue.

The film is a year-old U.S.-Japanese documentary about the foreign women who provided sexual services to the Japanese military during World War II. It previously played at the 2018 edition of the Busan festival in Korea, where many of the women came from.

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Photo Credit: No Man Productions

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