Ri Kouran (Mandarin: Li Xianglan)
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This is the story of Yamaguchi Yoshiko, a Japanese woman born and raised in China during the Japanese occuption of Manchuria. With a pretty face, beautiful voice, and fluency in Chinese, she debuts as the Chinese singer and actress Li Xianglan (Ri Kouran in Japanese), in the hopes that her efforts will work towards the benefit of both Japan and China. Hiding her true nationality, however, she slowly discovers herself becoming a puppet of the Japanese military’s propaganda efforts in Manchuria, starring in “national policy” films that humiliate the Chinese people. But billed as the “star of Greater East Asia,” her popularity soars across borders to Japan, where she holds a concert that draws thousands to the Nihon Gekijou Theatre and leads to a riot that injures several people. As war erupts on the Asian continent and in the Pacific, does she have the will to continue deceiving the people of her homeland, China? How will the events of the war affect her family, her friends, her love, and her career?
This is the story of Li Xianglan, Ri Kouran--one woman, torn between two countries, who endured her internal struggle and gave the Chinese and Japanese people alike a new hope in a time of conflict and strife.
UETO Aya as RI Kouran (YAMAGUCHI Yoshiko)
KIKUKAWA Rei as KAWASHIMA Yoshiko
NAKAMURA Shidou as AMAKASU Masahiko
SAWAMURA Ikki as KAWAKITA Nagamasa
OZAWA Yukiyoshi as KODAMA Hidemi
ONO Takehiko as YAMAGA Tooru
NAKAMURA Fukusuke as HASEGAWA Kazuo
NOGIWA Youko as YAMAGUCHI Yoshiko (present) and narrator
NATORI Yuuko as YAMAGUCHI Ai (Yoshiko's Mother)
HASHIDZUME Isao as YAMAGUCHI Fumio (Yoshiko's Father)
Assistance and Special Thanks
candyman808 for arranging for spot translation and QC
Freefall and Sangohan for some timing/QC
Spot translations by gloomy (Japanese), jinzo (Mandarin and Japanese), and Echo9 (Mandarin and Japanese)
eighteen for uploading the torrent here at D-Addicts
Vocabulary and Other Tidbits
"Five Peoples in Harmony" (五族協和): founding principle of Manchukuo, in which the five peoples of East Asia (Japanese, Han Chinese, Mongolians, Manchurians, and Koreans) unite to build a nation peacefully
Kwantung Army (関東軍): a unit of the Imperial Japanese Army, initially established to serve as defense for the South Manchuria Railway Co.; eventually, it seizes more power and becomes the effective "ruling power" of Manchukuo
Manchuria/Manchukuo (満州／満州国): Manchuria is a region in northeastern China that was at the center of conflict between Japan, China, and Russia. In order to become a world power equal to England, France, or America, Japan had gone through a period of rapid industrialization and militarization with the slogan fukoku kyouhei (富国強兵, “rich country, strong military”). As an island nation, Japan looked to the “Chinese continent” and Southeast Asia to provide the land and natural resources for its growth, which put it in direct conflict with countries in the West, which already had colonial interests in those regions. When Japan stunned the world by defeating Imperial Russia in the Russo-Japanese War, it signaled Japan’s rise to power. With the Treaty of Portsmouth, Russia was forced to evacuate Manchuria and cede to Japan the development rights to Liaodong Peninsula, along with the railway system in the region that would later become the South Manchuria Railway Co. The Japanese would occupy Manchuria and establish the puppet state of Manchukuo to protect its interests in the region. To legitimize the government, Japan brought in China's last emperor, Puyi (溥儀), to rule as head of state, although he had little true power
South Manchuria Railway Co. (南満州鉄道): also known as Mantetsu, responsible for operating railways in Manchuria and developing Manchuria's agricultural and industrial resources for the Japanese Empire
Manchurian Film Association (満洲映画協会): also known as Man'ei, a film company established by the Kwantung Army to produce "national policy" films
"national policy" film (国策映画): a film produced with the primary purpose of pacifying the native people in Japanese-occupied territories
Unit 731 (731部隊): a unit of the Imperial Japanese Army that performed secret medical and weapons/biological warfare experiments on live humans, including organ and tissue removal, dismemberment, infection with diseases, and other grossly unethical experimentation; the victims included many Soviets, Chinese, Koreans, and Mongolians
I don't know if anyone else had problems with the filenames, but Part 1 (Manchuria) is the 763 MB file and Part 2 (Shanghai) is the 933 MB file.
I apologize that this took so long (almost three months!), but some of us got a little busy, so thank you for waiting so patiently. Anyways, if you haven't watched it already, enjoy.