In This Corner of the World
This is a very powerful movie. It is the story of a simple countryside girl who goes through life in wartime Japan. Usually when we hear of war stories there is a good side and a bad side, reasons are justified and perhaps some heroes are thrown in. What is usually not included is the human aspect, in that we’re all humans doing our best until things like war occurs and our lives fall completely apart. She didn’t do anything wrong, she always did what she was told and then she loses her arm, her niece and her normal life to things well beyond her control.
The most powerful scene for me was the atomic bomb and the horrible injuries suffered by a mother holding hands with her child who is relatively unharmed. The mother is missing an arm with shards of glass embedded all through one side of her. She sits down and dies. Then you see the child still holding on to her deceased mother trying to swat the flies away.
This scene creates a strong sense of empathy and sadness that no matter which country you come from should affect you profoundly. This is the fate of so many people caught up in war and should be a reminder that war is not glorious but instead is hell on earth. That image will stick with me for a very long time.