A short documentary records the life of a right-wing activist in Japan. German videographer Sebastian Stein, who is based in Tokyo, made the short film that is 22-minutes in length. The film is called Gokudo Uyoku Connection, or “Rebel Right-Wing Connection” in English, and was made for the Japanese unit of U.S.-based Vice Media Inc.
Following the life of a young political leader in Japan, Masaya Kudo, the film shows the different political activities he participates in. Rallies on different social issues – fight against the Russians, Chinese, even teacher’s unions and pacifists were featured. The video’s opening scene already speaks of numerous Japanese symbolism with Mr. Kudo in a tattoo parlor getting more ink on his body, which already features cherry blossoms, a woman figure, and a carp.
Kudo proceeds to distinguish his group from the other uyoku, or right-wingers oftentimes connected with gangsters. He says in once scene that uyokus are nationalists with loyalty only to the emperor, and they “believe in maintaining old-fashioned ideals and traditional Japanese values.” Scenes showing protests over Russian invasion of several islands north of Hokkaido, and Chinese believed to be robbing dead bodies of jewelry, which is proved to be false, dominate most of the video. The final scene showed Kudo and some friends visiting the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo. The shrine has been the subject of sharp criticism from neighbor countries China and South Korea recently, as they see it as a symbol of Japan’s World War II aggressions. Ultimately, Kudo gives a line that embodies the change he wants to happen in his country, saying that “Japan was crippled by the war and ever since, we’ve lost pride in our country. We have no patriotism.”