The story of the Comfort Women of World War II is one of the saddest of the war. Forced by the Japanese to serve as sex slaves during World War II. While the Korean and Chinese Comfort Women have received much attention internationally over the last 25 or so years, including Herstory, an animated documentary that showed at Cinequest a few years ago. This one is more straight-ahead, with the bulk of the story being talking head interviews with survivors. This technique makes the film feel a bit restrained, but at the same time, intimate, because we are hearing the stories of rape and abuse at the hands of the Japanese directly from those woman who suffered it. Honestly, I found the techniques employed in the film to be rather simple, and that had my mind wandering away at a few points, but there was no way I could ignore the power of the interviews, and the impact of the simplicity on getting the clearest possible story out. I can't say it's the best film on the subject I've seen, but I can say that it brought these women's stories out in a way that is clear, effective, and most importantly, real. This is a story we not only need to hear, but also understand.
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