Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Of Brutality And Betrayal: Youthful Fiction And The Legacy Of The Asia Pacific War

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

This chapter examines Ōe Kenzaburo's first novel, Memushiri kouchi, and Fukasaku Kinji's film Batoru rowaiaru as allegorical critiques of Japanese nationalist wartime indoctrination and postwar evasion. These texts present harsh criticisms of a government which promised its citizens that Japan could win the War and yet which, after defeat, was quick to ignore the peoples sacrifices. Thus, both works condemn the fallacy of official war memories that suppress the sheer brutality of the War. The graphic images of extreme violence in both texts are not simply gratuitous but are shocking reminders of the harsh reality of war as experienced by Ōe and Fukusaku as youths. Representation of the violenceboth physical and psychologicalto which they were subjected is the means these two artists employ to condemn the viciousness of war.

Keywords: Ōe Kenzaburo; Asia Pacific War; Batoru rowaiaru; brutality; Fukasaku Kinji; Memushiri kouchi



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Imag(in)ing the War in Japan — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation