An American Obsession!
The declaration of war on Japan spelled doom for the hundred thousand Japanese who had made the United States their home. Of these only two-thirds were American citizens. The War Department realized that while most of these Japanese were loyal to the American flag, they could not ignore the possibility of a few owing their allegiance to their motherland. The government thus had no choice but to relocate the entire Japanese population living on the West coast to the interior.
Japan’s continual and mindless massacre of innocent civilians in South East Asia necessitated the presence of American troops in the region, thereby diluting America’s war effort in Europe. The United States decided to take a bold step in bringing an early end to the bloody war - the unprecedented use of atomic power. The story of the annihilation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by atom bombs is a familiar one and many credit America’s victory over Japan to this event.
This DVD captures the saga of the relocation and internment of Japanese living in the United States during World War II and portrays the utter devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki caused by the atom bombs America was compelled to use.
Our Enemy: The Japanese
This film attempts to provide an insight into the lifestyle and more importantly the psyche of the Japanese people during World War II. It portrays Japan as a nation devoted to the Emperor and to one ambition - to conquer the world for him. It carries images of Japanese citizens gearing up for war in the years prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor and describes the people as "primitive, murderous and fanatical."
Sponsor: U.S. Navy
Producer: U.S. Office of War Information, Bureau of Motion Pictures
Color: BLACK & WHITE
This U.S. government produced film justifies the relocation of Japanese people from the sensitive West Coast areas to "fertile desert lands" in the interior. The fact that only 2/3rds of the 100, 000 Japanese living in the United States were U.S. citizens during World War II, prompted the United States army to make this monumental decision. The film also reveals the fabulous arrangements made for the relocated people in their new homes.
Producer: U.S. Office of War Information
Color: BLACK & WHITE
Challenge to Democracy
This film, produced by the U.S. government, recounts the lives of American citizens of Japanese origin who were relocated to the central states from the sensitive Pacific coast. You will witness the arrangements made by the government for housing these people and providing for all the necessities of life, including food and recreation. The transformation of barren desert lands to productive farms as a result of the hard work of the evacuees is delightfully portrayed.
Sponsor: U.S. War Relocation Authority
Producer: U.S. War Relocation Authority
Color: BLACK & WHITE
A Tale of Two Cities
This film contains graphic images of the devastation caused by the two atomic bombs dropped by the United State on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It also explains the rationale behind choosing these two Japanese cities as targets for the nuclear attack.
Sponsor: U.S. War Department
Producer: U.S. War Department
Color: BLACK & WHITE
DVD One : 01:00:02
To quote a Japanese Admiral, Japan’s unprovoked and unexpected attack on Pearl Harbor merely "woke up a sleeping giant!" The American mind found it difficult to come to terms with this dastardly act and failed to understand why Japan should launch an attack on the United States in the first place. Few Americans knew much about Japan and her people. The films on this DVD must be viewed in this context, to avoid mistaking them as a part of American propaganda akin to that of the Germans in Europe.
The first film that you will witness "Our Enemy: The Japanese" seems to be a part of an angry response of the American War Department to the attack on Pearl Harbor. It portrays the people of Japan as being fanatically devoted to their emperor who they believed was destined to "own and rule the world". The film depicts how every aspect of Japanese life was committed to the cause of global conquest, from early kindergarten education to hard-core military training. The film is obviously based on in-depth research and is quite informative.
The goodwill and generosity of the U.S. government even in the face of war is evident in the films portraying the relocation of Americans of Japanese origin. The thoughtfulness in helping the evacuees rebuild their lives is pretty evident and is portrayed in a charming yet informative manner.
"The Tale of Two Cities" handles the story of the highly debated use of atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in a tactful manner. The film defends America’s monumental decision, which has supporters and detractors even sixty years after the historic event. The graphic images of ruins and the statistical data that accompanies them tell of the immense power of the atom. The first hand account by a survivor and eyewitness adds to the authenticity of the account.
This DVD provides a comprehensive insight into the minds of both the Japanese and the Americans during World War II. It portrays the philosophies of both nations and highlights the striking contrast between the two.
I found this DVD to be exceptionally well-researched and informative. I understood as never before the need for the use of drastic measures by America in bringing an early end to the war. I am confident that it will serve a similar purpose for all those who have an opportunity to examine its contents.
"While viewing the contents of this marvelous DVD, I understood several things that I hadn’t really bothered to investigate about America’s war with Japan. For example, I had not known much about Japanese culture and their Emperor centric philosophy. I knew precious little about Japanese ambitions to rule the world, nor did I know that Japan had prepared for years to achieve this goal. I was opposed completely to the use of atom bombs in Japan, but now, although I still do not endorse the decision, I understand the logic behind it a little better. These films were made with the intention of educating Americans during the 40s, but I think they are pretty relevant in the 21st century as well. This is truly a useful DVD for anybody who is foggy about happenings during World War II! "
Customer's Name : Arnold Batty (Madison, Wisconsin)
"I owe a huge debt to the team at a2zcds for producing this wonderful and informative DVD. It explains why so many people wish to make the U.S. their home. The excellent treatment meted out to Japanese Americans during WW II, shown in one of the films on this DVD, speaks of the praiseworthy humanitarian policies adopted by the U.S. government in dealing with the situation. My patriotism has gone up by several notches, and I am quite certain that many who view this DVD will end up sharing my sentiments."
Customer's Name : Caroline Gray (Auburn, Maine)
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