This film lets us hear the voices of 14 elderly women, survivors among the more than 1000 women who were forced to become comfort women in WWII. The testimonies of the Taiwanese grandmothers are not very different from the ones our Korean grandmothers gave, since Taiwan and Korea were both outposts for Japan’s Southeast Asian attack, and the two countries were powerless under the Japanese colonial rule. For the grandmothers who have become gray-haired and unable to even move their own bodies properly, it does not seem to help that 50 long years have passed when they tell us of their memories that they do not even want to think about. Some of the grandmothers are voicing demands for reparations from the Japanese government, but most of them just hold the knotted pain in their hearts, hiding it from their families and spending their days enduring their pain. This issue, which cannot be chalked up as just an individual’s unlucky fate, is disappearing from people’s minds because of the years gone by. However, this issue is a common task to be taken up by women in Taiwan and Korea. Hopefully, more realistic alternatives will be found and the ties between women and their nations will be strengthened to search for a way to fight together.
Yang Chia-yunYang Chia-yun
Born in 1947, Yang Chia-yun graduated from the National Taiwan College of the Arts with a degree in Theater. She directed her first feature in 1978, Morning Fog. She has tackled some of society’s illnesses in works such as I Dare You(1981) and Bloody Murder(1983). She has worked extensively in television.