Return to tiff.’s home page



Linda Hoaglund

  • Country: Japan, USA
  • Year: 2010
  • Language: Japanese
  • Producer: Linda Hoaglund
  • Runtime: 89
  • Programmes:

ANPO depicts resistance to U.S. military bases in Japan through an electrifying collage of paintings and photographs, as well as animated, narrative and documentary films by Japan’s foremost contemporary artists.

ArtsArchitecture & DesignDocumentaryPoliticsHistoryJapan

screening times

    • Sunday September 12
    • 5:15:00 PM
    • AMC 10
    • Tuesday September 14
    • 12:15:00 PM
    • AMC 6
    • Friday September 17
    • 5:00:00 PM
    • AMC 2

Note: indicates Premium Screening.

official description

The United States has operated military bases in Japan for six decades, since the end of the Second World War. Their presence has rubbed salt into unhealed wounds from the war, a complex trauma explored in ANPO.

The title refers to the acronym for the US-Japan Mutual Security Treaty, negotiated in 1951. But ANPO is not a straightforward political documentary. Instead, Linda Hoaglund structures her film as a stream of consciousness, contemplating the Japanese healing process using paintings and photographs in lieu of traditional narration. By weaving together subversive, avant-garde Japanese art produced over the decades, she weaves past and present into one fluid interpretation of time and pain.

Stills of artwork, photography and segments of films – including Isao Takahata’s animated, anti-war drama Grave of the Fireflies – are intercut with their creators as a representation of a still-militarized Japan reeling from the psychic wounds inflicted by American occupiers. ANPO surveys the contemporary effects of ninety US bases in Japan and takes us back to 1960, when the majority of the protests took place. However, protests continue up until the present; the film includes protest footage in Tokyo from 2010.

One artist paints the story of a woman who was shot and killed while scavenging shell casings on the fringes of a US base. Another young artist’s illustrations explore the idea of kimin, which she defines as “a country abandoning its people.” Yet another artist uses her work to come to terms with the role of “comfort women,” who were used as “a sexual breakwater to protect Japanese women” from being raped by Allied soldiers. Pain has many outlets; seeing it crafted into moving and visceral art can be devastating.

Charting creative impulses born of hardship, ANPO is a poetic rumination on how artists respond to a nation’s trauma.

Giovanna Fulvi

director bio

Linda Hoaglund was born in Kyoto to American missionary parents and was educated in rural Japan before studying at Yale University. A noted translator, subtitler and expert on Japanese cinema, she produced and wrote the documentary Wings of Defeat (07), directed and co-produced by Risa Morimoto. ANPO (10) is her directorial debut.

full credits

Principal Cast: With: Ishiuchi Miyako, Nakamura Hiroshi, Yokoo Tadanori, Aida Makoto, Asakura Setsu
Linda Hoaglund
Yamazaki Yutaka
Scott Burgess
Scott Lehrer
Satoshi Takeishi, Shoko Nagai
Production Company:
Shopping Cart

    Share This

    • Digg
    • Share

    Like This

    film stills and media