[asia] Korean-born police officer Masayuki Sakamoto is working to harm the rebel group Hureisenjin, which in 2009 is fighting for Korea to free itself from Japanese rule.
During the bloody fight, Sakamoto stumbles upon a gigantic plot: the Japanese have sent an agent back in time, until 1909. There, the time-traveling agent prevents Korean nationalist An Jung-geun from murdering Japanese politician Hirobumi Ito.
This changes the course of history. Japan wins World War II in alliance with the United States, while Korea remains under Japanese rule.
Korean revenge fantasies
This is the plot of the 2009 feature film Lost Memories, a nationalist science fiction thriller that was dubbed the biggest action movie in South Korean history when it premiered in 2002.
The feature film is just one of several examples of anti-Japanese and anti-American attitudes that flourish in South Korea. Such attitudes make it difficult for the three states to negotiate with North Korea, China and Russia to resolve the nuclear threat posed by North Korea's sole ruler Kim Jong-il.
In North Korea, Japan and the United States are obvious enemies and potential targets for nuclear missiles, but also in South Korea, many people dream that a Korean reunification can put arch-enemy Japan emphatically in place economically, politically and militarily. In the 1994 novel The Rose of Sharon Has Blossomed, author Kim Chin-myung describes how South Korea goes to nuclear attacks. . .
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