ASAKUSA is delighted to announce artist talks and discussions with filmmaker and artist, James T. Hong and IM Heung-soon. The event is part of the exhibition programme, "Kino-Pravda: A Tribute to Prokino", which featured works by both filmmakers. Uncovering the manipulation of state media, Taiwanese American filmmaker duo James T. Hong & Yin-Ju Chen confront Japanese historical revisionism with their documentary, Lessons of the Blood (2010). Consisting of archival materials, film clips, and interviews with survivors, the film exposes Japan's use of biological weapons and human experimentation during the Second World War outside Harbin, China, and reveals the open wounds of elderly victims, who have suffered for years and still harbor hatred for their Japanese perpetrators. Korean filmmaker IM Heung-soon's Jeju Prayer (2012) reflects the silence of Mrs. Kang Sang-hee, who lost her husband in the Jeju Uprising (An attempted insurgency followed by an anti-communist suppression in 1948). It sheds light on the intersection of a personal family history and collective trauma systematically obliterated in modern Korean history, while suggesting the concurrent rise of eco-tourism and militarisation through the recent controversy about the construction of a naval base in the island. The event starts with film screenings and the two artist's talks. With a guest chair joining the conversation, it then proceeds onto a panel discussion with topics on crimes of nations - drawing examples form Unit 731 and Jeju Uprising -, government policies and media conspiracy within the East Asian region. The conversation also enquires the artist's use of documentation and image archive as a pathway to historical truth, and film as a medium to rework historical narratives examined through testimonies of the survivors. The event "Crimes of Nations: Death, Wound, Memory" is drafted by Asakusa and will be held at 2-9-1 Kotobuki-cho, Taito, Tokyo (Satoshi Haruki Studio).
Programme: 18:45 Meeting at Asakusa walking 2 minutes to the event venue 19:00 Screening and Artist Talk by James T. Hong 20:00 Screening and Artist Talk by IM Heung-soon 21:00 Panel Discussion 22:00 End of event 22:30 Venue close * Light meals and drinks will be sold on site. * Talks will be delivered in Korean (IM) and English (Hong) with Japanese translation. The event will be held at: 2-9-1 Kotobuki-cho, Taito, Tokyo 2 mins. from ASAKUSA Contact: 090-8346-3232
— James T. Hong
— IM Heung-soon