Facing Responsibility

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Music is often about stirring the emotions. But sometimes, music addresses issues such as responsibility for aggression. How this can be done is a very tricky question indeed. But, here are some attempts at it.

Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence

The film starring David Bowie and Beat Takeshi tackled the abuse of POWs. Its music by Sakamoto Ryuichi is very evocative and thought provoking.

Sakamoto Ryuichi: Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence

The Devil’s Gluttony

The novel by Morimura Seiichi about Unit 731 was the basis of a choral piece by Ikebe Shinichiro. This piece is discussed more here.

The Devil’s Gluttony by Ikebe Shinichiro.

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