Still Hear the Wound

Duration: 23min
Time of Completion: 2009
Country: Korea/Japan

Okinawa Island is located at the southern tip of the Japanese archipelago.
The island once had its own dynasty, later to be occupied by Japan in
1879. In 1945, during the Second World War, more than a quarter of
Okinawa’s civilian population died. The catastrophe was intensified by
Japanese military commanders have forced “mass suicide” among

Weak could not kill themselves therefore using razor and bamboo spare,
fathers killed their sons, sons killed their own mothers and sisters.
People who have remained alive are living through hell, the sense of
guilt haunting their lives every day for murdering their own loved

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A poem written by Koukichi Nakaya, an Okinawan poet, who committed suicide at a young age, wishing for independence for Okinawa, was inserted with the music composition by Yuji Takahashi.

Song: The Last Note
Written by: Koukichi Nakaya (1939-1966)
from his posthumous manuscript “name, stand up and walk”
Music Composition: Yuji Takahashi
Performed by: Suigyu Gakudan

Paintings by: Iri Maruiki and Toshi Maruiki

Still Hear the Wound,  full video,   23min

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