Imphal 1944

2014, 21 minutes

A story about a war veteran who comes to London for reconciliation between the British and Japanese who fought in Imphal, the “Battle of Imphal” in 1944.

Set in both modern day London and Northeast India in the 1940s, “Imphal 1944” is a film about an unlikely friendship between a Japanese and British war veteran. When the Japanese war veteran, Masao, was fighting for his country in India, he took two British soldiers captive. In the course of the ensuing battle one dies and the other survives. In his later life he seeks out his old enemy. He takes with him the dead soldier’s handkerchief that he has kept for all this time. His attempts are rebutted and he wonders whether reconciliation is possible after so many years. The film is inspired by the true story of a Japanese war veteran Masao Hirakubo OBE, who fought in the Battle of Imphal in Manipur, Northeast India, and subsequently worked tirelessly on reconciliation activities. The film is dedicated to the people who lost their lives in the war. 

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Masao Hirata (Lead)
Esrah Ugurlu
Cleaning Lady
Ray Bull
Jozef Aoki
Ann-Marie Mays
Make-up Artist
Key Hair and Makeup
Wenjia Zhao
Production Assistant
James Viller