London-based Japanese actor and filmmaker Junichi Kajioka’s short film “Imphal 1944” was screened at the Short Film Corner at the 68th annual Cannes International Film Festival 2015 held last month.
According to the festival site catalogue, “the 21 minute-length film set in both modern day London and Northeast India in 1940s tells a story about an unlikely friendship between a Japanese and British war veteran who fought in the battle of Imphal.”
(Imphal 1944 Film Poster Artwork/Designed by Ayumi. Photo: Facebook)
Inspired by a true story of Masao Hirakubo OBE, a Japanese war veteran who founded Burma Campaign Society (BCS) which works for reconciliation between Britain and Japan. He died in 2008 at the age of 88. The film was first premiered at the closing ceremony of the 70th Anniversary Commemoration of the Battle of Imphal (WWII) in Manipur on June 28, 2014.
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Screened at New York Peace Film Festival 2015
Screened at Lakecity International Short Film Festival 2014
Won Awards for Best Short Drama Screenplay, Best Producer and Best Supporting Actress at Monaco
International Film Festival 2014
Watch the Official Trailer for Imphal 1944 below:
(Photo: Director Junichi Kajioka)