September 1923

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Rialto De Pijp - Sat 9 March, 16:15

Amid the chaos and devastating aftermath of the 1923 Great Kantō Earthquake, false rumours led to the mass killing of Koreans in Japan. When 15 Japanese peddlers arrived in a small village speaking their own dialect, a case of mistaken identity resulted in over 100 villagers brutally attacking them and killing nine. This dark piece of Japanese history is known as the Fukuda Village Incident.

 

Director MORI Tatsuya, an acclaimed documentary filmmaker, skillfully dramatises this tragic history into a commendable narrative, shedding light on a hidden chapter of Japanese history from a century ago. Seamlessly connecting with modern concerns, the narrative delves into the consequences of misinformation and collective fear, offering a compelling portrayal of tragedy with enduring relevance. The film addresses the violent aftermath of the earthquake, and it  explores how chaos and ethnic hostility can be fueled by misinformation, fear, and mass hysteria.

Year:
2023
Director:
MORI Tatsuya
Cast:
IURA Arata, TANAKA Rena, NAGAYAMA Eita, HIGASHIDE Masahiro
Country:
Japan
Duration:
137'
Language:
Japanese
Subtitles:
English

MORI Tatsuya

MORI Tatsuya gained acclaim as a documentary filmmaker with A (1998), which was selected for Berlinale, and A2 (2001). After transitioning to novel writing in 2022, he returned with his narrative feature debut with September 1923.