Twenty Two: Documenting the lives of 'comfort women' before it’s too late
2017-12-13 09:15:00

From 220,000 to just 22, few former Chinese “comfort women” are still alive to tell their stories of being forced into sex slavery by Japanese army during World War II.

The women, just young girls back then, suffered inhumane treatment. Some were tortured to death, some were lucky to get back to their normal lives. All were subjected to horrific sexual assault. Decades passed, and most of the victims left the world without receiving an apology from the Japanese government.

Estimates put the number of the victims across Asia at over 300,000, with women from countries like Japan, Korea (before division), Vietnam and China.

In 2014, there were only 22 survivors alive in China. Film director Guo Ke decided to document their lives before it was too late. The name of his documentary? "Twenty Two."

Poster of the documentary "Twenty Two". /Photo courtesy of Guo Ke

Source: CGTN Editor: Hiram