The 22 (The Japanese Invasion)

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Aug 19, 2017 01:44
TGIF. I went to a movie today. I’d originally wanted to be entertained but a movie called “the 22” made me depressed. This movie was actually a documentary that showed the day-to-day lives of 22 old ladies. No voiceovers. Few interviews. Mostly their monologues, and the depictions of their daily lives. This documentary does not sound spectacular, does it? It is not, but far from dull. During WWII, hundreds of thousands of Chinese women were captured by the Japanese to serve the army as “comfort women,” who were repeatedly raped. Many of them could not stand the torture and killed themselves. However, some survived the horror. The 22 old ladies in the documentary, mostly aged over 90, were said to be the only survivors remaining in 2014, when the movie was filmed.

Some of these 22 elderly ladies lived with their offspring. Some lived alone at nursing homes because they’d become infertile after the torture by the Japanese soldiers. They all seemed to live calm lives, not much different from those of any other senior citizens in China. However, whenever they brought up their experiences as “comfort women,” the words got stuck in their throats and they choked, with tears welling up, saying, “I don’t want to talk about this anymore…” Seeing their deeply wrinkled faces convulsing from pangs of sadness really made me depressed. They’d previously kept all this miserable past to themselves. However, some volunteers naively thought they could win a case against the current Japanese government over the comfort woman issue and thus ferreted them out as witnesses. Later, as might have been expected, the Japanese government refused to admit having perpetrated this atrocity, and the volunteers lost the case.

By today, in 2017, more than half of these 22 have died. Their untold memories have been entombed, along with their bodies. A few years later, if they are all gone, then there will be no one to narrate this miserable segment of history first hand. War wreaks havoc on human lives. I wish for the world peace and think mankind should learn from the past. However, after seeing unrelenting terrorist attacks, racial/religious/boundary conflicts, etc…, I won't be surprised if another world war breaks out in the future.

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今天周五,我又去看了一场电影。原本打算去娱乐一下,但是今天这部名为《22》的电影让我很压抑。这部电影实际上是一部纪录片,展示了22位老奶奶的日常生活。没有旁白,访谈也很少,大部分是她们的独白和日常起居。这部纪录片听起来有点无趣,但是却不冗长和无聊。在抗日战争中,成千上万的中国妇女被日本军队抓去做慰安妇。其中很多妇女无法忍受折磨而自杀,有少部分人存活了下来。这22位老年人大多都是耄耋之年,在2014年拍摄这部电影时,她们是在世的最后一批慰安妇。

22位老人中,一些人和子孙后辈们生活在一起,而有一些则在敬老院孤独终老,因为她们做慰安妇的时候,受到了日军摧残,终生不孕。在电影中,她们看起来都生活得很平静,和其他中国老年人没有什么区别。但是一提到过去的悲惨经历,她们就开始抽泣,眼泪喷涌而出,说道:”关于这件事,我不想再谈。“ 看到她们由于过度悲痛,满经沧桑的老脸不停地抽搐时,我感到很压抑。她们原本把秘密藏于心中,不想再提,但一些幼稚的志愿者认为他们可以在慰安妇问题上打赢对日本政府的官司,于是把她们挖掘出来作证据。结果也可想而知,日本政府拒绝承认这一滔天罪行,志愿者们也输掉了官司。

在2017年的今天,这22位老人中有超过半数去世。她们的不幸经历,连同她们的身躯一同被埋葬。几年后,如果她们全部离世,也就没有人能够亲口诉说这段悲惨历史。战争会给人类带来灾难,我希望世界和平,希望人们能够向历史吸取教训。可是,看到这个世界上的恐怖主义,种族/宗教/边界冲突不断,如果再次发生世界大战,对我而言,也不是什么令人惊讶的事情。