Found in: Japan Season


classified PG S Sold Out

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2020


Please note: This was screened in Feb 2020

Emiko Hiramatsu
Erika Toda, Sakurako Ohara, Yui Sakuma
119 mins, Subtitled, 2019, Japan
Primary language

Director Emiko Hiramatsu tells the heart-warming untold true story of a group of teachers who evacuated their infant students from a burning Tokyo at the end of WWII.

As Tokyo burns in the wake of air strikes in the closing months of the Pacific War, nursery teacher Kaede and her colleagues persuade parents to let them evacuate their children to safety. Leading their 53 infant students out of the devastated city, they settle in an abandoned temple and begin trying to build the daily lives of the young children now apart from their parents. While the threat of bombing looms music, and an organ they brought with them, brings solace during a terrifying time.

Exploring the power of music in times of hardship, this rare and incredible film shows the little known realities of women on the home front who answered the call of duty in the face of adversity.

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