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  • Zainichi History

    1. Shin Ki-soo
    2. Oh Choong-kong

    1Shin Ki-soo

    Shin Ki-soo is a filmmaker from Osaka known for his research into the history of Korean envoys to Japan. Six years were spent on this film collecting materials and testimonials to carve out zainichi history using real film footage and testimony.

    Until the Day of Liberation: Retracing Korean Japanese History

    (“Kaiho no hi made: Zainichi Chosenjin no sokuseki”)

    - JAPAN / 1980 / Japanese / Color / 16mm / 210 min

    Narrative Structure, Original Concept: Shin Ki-soo
    Photography: Takaiwa Hitoshi
    Editing: Karashima Hajime
    Sound: Sasaki Masahiko
    Music: Sekiguchi Takashi
    Narrator: Ito Soichi
    Supervisor: Pak Kyong-sik
    Planning, Production: Seikyu Bunka Hall (Representative: Shin Ki-soo)
    Production Company: Rodo Eigasha
    Source: Kang Hak-ja, Osaka Human Rights Museum

    The founder of the Seikyu Bunka Hall in Osaka and an authority on Korean envoys to Japan, Shin Ki-soo spent his life collecting visual materials, and drew upon them to make this film about the history of zainichi Koreans in pre-war Japan. From the massacre of Koreans at the construction site of the Nakatsugawa hydroelectric power plant in Niigata Prefecture and the joint struggle of Korean and Japanese factory girls at the Kishiwada cotton mills to the dispute at the Sanshin Railroad construction site in Aichi Prefecture and the strike at the Aso coal mines in the Chikuho region of Kyushu, this film uncovers and assembles valuable testimony from many people who played key roles in the movement to free Korea from Japanese colonialism.


    2Oh Choong-kong

    Oh Choong-kong was a member of the seventh graduating class of the Yokohama Movie and Broadcasting College (currently the Japan Academy of Moving Images). Using testimony and other materials, this film depicts the unknown history of the Koreans who were massacred after the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923.

    Hidden Scars: The Great Kanto Earthquake Korean Massacre, A Documentary

    (“Kakusareta tsumeato: Kanto daishinsai Chosenjin gyakusatsu kiroku eiga”)

    - JAPAN / 1983 / Japanese / Color / 16mm / 58 min

    Director, Narrative Structure: Oh Choong-kong
    Photography: Fujita Masami, Kim Ri-myong, Kasakoku Seiichiro, Tajima Shin
    Editing: Watanabe Ikuo
    Sound: Kojima Toru
    Narrator: Ozawa Shigeo
    Art Director: Kato Takeo
    Assistant Directors: Kagiyama Takahiro, Satouchi Eiji
    Producers: Oh Choong-kong, Kamatani Yuji, Kojima Toru
    Production Company: Mugi no Kai
    Source: Oh Choong-kong

    As the subtitle suggests, in the wake of the Great Kanto Earthquake (1923), which killed nearly 100,000 people, more than 6,500 Koreans were murdered by the military, the police and civilians. This film uses evidence and testimony to examine the history behind this massacre. The director, Oh Choong-kong, was in the seventh graduating class of the Yokohama Movie and Broadcasting College. One of its founders, the director Imamura Shohei, wrote in a leaflet, “It gives me great pride to know that such a powerful and visionary documentarist came from my own academy.” A sequel, entitled The Slaughter of Koreans was made in 1985.