The Tokyo Trial – or the "International Military Tribunal for the Far East" - had been convened in 1946 to prosecute the leaders of the Empire of Japan for war crimes. It was to be the Nuremberg trial of the Far East, decided upon by the Allies to avenge decades of misery and death. But it would prove to be divisive from the start, the more so, since each of the judges represented one of the nations which had been at war with Japan. After two and half years, only 7 out of the 11 judges agreed with the final verdict. This is the story of why, how and where it went wrong.
Unlike the Nuremberg trial, the truth about what happened between the judges in the wings of the Tokyo Trial has remained a secret for a long time. For the first time, this film brings together different types of material from sources in Japan and the U.S., including the memoirs and letters of the judges. We have managed to locate footage at NARA and NHK, which has never been used before in a documentary and the archive sound of key moments of the proceedings has been restored, thus making the story of this trial more accessible for the viewer.
Festivals and Awards:
2014: Sunny Side of the Doc - Award for "Best History Project"