Coracoes Sujos Post WWII Japanese in Brazil

Coracoes Sujos or “Dirty Hearts” is a new film by Brazilian filmmaker Vicente Amorim and is based off a fictional book written by Fernando Morais about the chaos in Brazil’s sizable Japanese immigrant population following Japan’s World War II loss. The Japanese immigrant community in Brazil was divided into two groups over Japan’s defeat.

About 80 percent of Japanese immigrants consistently believed in the victory of their home country adhering to such values as honoring the homeland, honor, samurai chivalry and yamato (Japanese) spirit in order to stand together to fight against social prejudice and maintain their identity in Brazil and not believe American propaganda, while the remainder accepted the fact that Japan had lost the war.

Thriller and Love Story

The few immigrants that accepted the truth were persecuted. Some were hunted down and assassinated – by their own countrymen – causing the start of a new, private war. Dirty Hearts is a thriller and love story told by the wife of one of the fanatics dedicated to preach Japanese victory. Little by little, she watches her husband, a hard-working immigrant, become an assassin and their love story fade away. Speak Portuguese? video embedded below ^_^.

The film will be released in Brazil early next year and there is no word yet on a worldwide release but this could be an interesting watch. I usually try to stay far from controversial topics related to Japan such as the World War II and it’s relationships with its neighbors but hopefully this movie gets subbed or translated.

Via – Mainichi Daily news