WINGS OF DEFEAT (Risa Morimoto, U.S./Japan). 90 minutes. Subtitled. Tuesday (April 24), 7:15 pm, Isabel Bader; April 26, 4 pm, ROM. Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
History's written by the winners, but here's a doc from the other side. One of Japanese-American director Risa Morimoto's deceased uncles trained as a kamikaze pilot but never spoke about it after the war. This knowledge takes her to Japan, where she interviews other kamikaze veterans who have lived two-thirds of their lives in shame and secrecy.
You can feel the old-timers' relief in finally airing their mixed feelings of nationalism and fear. Morimoto delivers a good history lesson about Japan's imperialist dreams, and bookends the film with a moving anti-war plea that, in this era of suicide bombers in a different part of the world, feels pretty relevant.