Screening of Momotaro, Sacred Sailors


Momotaro, Sacred Sailors / 桃太郎 海の神兵 (Newly-restored)
Dir: Mitsuya Seo
Japan / 1945 / 74min / Japanese (with English subtitles) / DCP / Rating TBC

Japan’s first-ever feature-length animated film, Momotaro, Sacred Sailors was produced with the backing of the Ministry of the Navy of Japan in the last days of World War Two as a means of boosting morale back home when the prospect of a Japanese victory began to wane. Featuring the Japanese folk character Momotaro (“Peach Boy” in English) and with various animals representing soldiers invading an island in the South Pacific, the film was made for children. The film notably features an amusing representation of the historical surrender of Singapore by British General Percival in 1942. A rare film seen by very few when released in 1945. This screening presents a recently released digital restoration from 2016.

This film is part of the war film programme Witness to War: Memories and Screens, organised by the National Museum of Singapore as part of the Witness to War exhibition and curated by the Asian Film Archive.

About Witness to War: Memories and Screen

The memories of World War Two have been captured, interpreted and presented in various films – from iconic war films like Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence to romance films such as Hiroshima Mon Amour and historically significant films like Momotaro, Sacred Sailors and Spirit of the Overseas Chinese which have not been seen in Singapore in recent history. For the first time, the National Museum, in collaboration with the Asian Film Archive, will be presenting Witness to War: Memories and Screens, a selection of films which document and remember the experience of World War Two in the Pacific and its aftermath.

In tracing the historical development from the bombing of Pearl Harbour (1941) to Hiroshima (1945), Memories and Screens will showcase films and narratives from Singapore and Malaya, Britain, Japan, America and Singapore’s regional neighbours, accounting for the diverse yet shared narratives of countries and people that have participated in and witnessed World War Two. This film programme –inspired by the exhibition Witness to War: Remembering 1942 – invites us to reflect upon the ways film across national borders remembers a shared history that continues to shape our reality today.
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Fri Jan 26, 2018
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM SGT
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Witness to War: Remembering 1942