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Shadows in the Sun

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WRITTEN AND DIRECTED
BY FRANK RIJAVEC
DISTRIBUTED BY
FIRST RUN / ICARUS FILMS
153 WAVERLY PLACE, NEW
YORK, NEW YORK 10014
1995, 57 MINUTES/ COLOR

Japanese aggression during World War II not only brought huge devastation in Asian Pacific countries, but victimized its own people as well. This is the main theme of Shadows in the Sun. The film, directed by Frank Rijavec, follows a group of Japanese veterans of the Pacific War and families who lost their loved ones during the war. They all come from the city of Kochi in Shikoku and are visiting Papua, New Guinea, where over three thousand Japanese soldiers from Kochi lost their lives in the Pacific War jungle campaigns. The Kochi New Guinea Association, a local organization for war survivors, organizes this program to remember and rethink the war by arranging tours to the war site on the island.