Film on Taiwanese ‘comfort women’ to hit local cinemas

Want China Times
Date: 2015-08-12

A Taiwanese documentary chronicling the later years of Taiwanese women forced into

From left: Wu Hsiu-ching and Kang Shu-hua at the film's press release in Taipei, Aug. 11. (Photo/Lin Hou-chun)

From left: Wu Hsiu-ching and Kang Shu-hua at the film’s press release in Taipei, Aug. 11. (Photo/Lin Hou-chun)

sexual slavery by Japanese forces during World War II will soon hit cinemas around Taiwan to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the end of the war.

Song of the Reed, a 76-minute documentary, was produced by the Taipei Women’s Rescue Foundation and directed by Wu Hsiu-ching, an assistant professor at National Taiwan University of Arts.

It documents how some of the “comfort women” from Taiwan who were forced to work in Japanese military brothels overcame grave physical and mental trauma and how their attitudes toward life developed over the years, the foundation said, adding that the film focuses on the women attending various workshops organized by the foundation.

“The documentary portrays the strength of life and courage (demonstrated by the women),” said Kang Shu-hua, executive director of the foundation, at a news conference Tuesday just before a screening of the documentary in Taipei.     [FULL  STORY]

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