“Himeyuri no Tou (Monument of Star Lilies),” 1953 drama, 2 hours and 8 minutes.

Directed by Tadashi Imai. Starring Keiko Tsushima and Kyoko Kagawa.

This film follows the lives of high school girls sent to the battlefield to serve as military nurses during WWII. With great courage and resolve, the girls work tirelessly to help those wounded near the front lines. In spite of the constant threat of danger, they find the strength to survive each day. But when their position is overrun, their lives are forever changed. This is the first movie to portray the suffering of Okinawan people during WWII.

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