Japanese Studio Protests Handling of Comfort Women Film

Society Culture

Tokyo, Oct. 29 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese movie studio said Monday it has called off the screening of its two films at an ongoing film festival in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, in protest against a decision by the festival's organizers to cancel its showing of a documentary about so-called comfort women.

The documentary, titled "Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue" and directed by Japanese-American filmmaker Miki Dezaki, features interviews with experts on the issue.

Some of the interviewees have filed a lawsuit demanding a halt to the film's screening as well as damages.

Comfort women, mainly from the Korean Peninsula, were forced into prostitution for Japanese troops before and during World War II. They remain a highly sensitive issue between Japan and South Korea.

The decision to cancel the documentary's screening came after the Kawasaki municipal government, which cohosts the Kawasaki Shinyuri Film Festival, conveyed its concern that the city and the festival may also be sued if it is screened as planned, according to the festival's organizers.

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