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In a time of war, an extraordinary group of women turned a song of hope into a symphony of triumph. From the director of "Driving Miss Daisy" comes a true story of courage, triumph, friendship and strength starring Glenn Close ("Dangerous Liaisons"), Oscar®-Winner Frances McDormand (1996 Best Actress, "Fargo") and Emmy Award Winner Julianna Margulies (TV's "ER"). This compelling drama reveals the heroic actions of a group of women held prisoner by the Japanese during World War ll. These diverse women from different countries, speaking different languages, unite to form a vocal orchestra-creating a life affirming symphony of human voices.
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I put off watching this awhile after discovering it. Witnessing these events is hard to believe, even after all these years, the news of 2014 is still bustling with diplomatic controversy over a memorial dedicated to 'comfort' women, a role taken on by some war survivors.
The drama can be shocking, whether it's the callous country-clubesque patronization of the colonial women towards their Asian hosts, right up until their own capture and interment forced them into an equal social status, or whether it's the horrid contempt of the Japanese officers for their Chinese prisoners.
Perhaps the humanity of the Japanese bears a little greater emphasis than what I watched in Windtalkers , but it's precious little. Their officer's education and respect for the musical skills of their wards is anecdotal evidence of the bridge across cultures that is music. Based upon actual events.