U.S. orientation film for Allied occupation forces, to provide background for understanding Japanese and their society
Japan Date:1946 Duration:7 min 32 sec Sound:Yes
Background for United States occupation forces in Japan. End of World War II. Japanese surrender to the Allies aboard USS Missouri. General MacArthur and Japanese delegation sign the instrument of surrender. Scenes of suffering and barbarity of war. Scenes designed to give insight to Japanese past and culture, pertinent to understanding and appreciation by U.S. Occupational forces. Numerous scenes of work-a-day activities of Japanese. Japanese worker, priests, new born babies. Children at school make crafts, play, paint drawing, attend classes of various subjects. Japanese chemists, architects, construction engineers, and lawyers engaged in their professions. Women operating telephone switchboards. Train running on railroad. Then, in contrast, are shown pre-war scenes of Japanese officials and military leaders promoting National militarism. Peaceful scenes of Shinto Gates and Shrines. Establishment of Shintoism as Official National Religion. Religious rituals performed at Shinto shrine, people bow to a monk. Various scenes of Shinto religious ceremonies, including songs, dances and rituals, some ancient and pertaining to Japanese Samurai and war.
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