Film to remember ANZACs in Japan

April 23, 2015

Mick Broderick and Stuart Bender are recreating memories of ANZACS in Japan.Murdoch and Curtin University researchers are giving new life to archival images and stories of ANZAC experiences in Japan.

Using 3-D and ultra high-definition video, Associate Professor Mick Broderick from Murdoch University and Dr Stuart Bender from Curtin University are recreating scenes of World War II POW camps in Nagasaki and multiple sites of Australian Occupation troop activity in Kure and Hiroshima.

Over 40,000 Australian soldiers were stationed in Kure from 1946-52, alongside a smaller contingent of wives and children.

“Very few Australians appreciate today that captured diggers were transported to Japan and forced to work as slave labourers in Japanese munitions industries and in military construction”, says Professor Broderick.

“Miraculously, at two camps in Nagasaki, several Australian POWs survived the atom bombing with some as close as 1.7km from the hypocenter. One prisoner returned to Japan shortly after being liberated from the camp to participate in the Occupation.”

The digital visualisation project coincides with the Centenary year of ANZAC commemorations and the 70th anniversary of the atom bombings.

“We specifically designed our Japan field trip to capture material for use at Curtin University’s HIVE (Hub for Immersive Visualisation and eResearch) and we will exhibit the work as an experimental, immersive exhibition in association with the John Curtin Gallery from 6-9 August,” Dr Bender said.

During their visit, Broderick and Bender were granted rare access to film inside the World Heritage protected Genbaku Dome, capturing a unique 360 degree high definition and augmented reality experience that can be downloaded onto mobile phones and tablets, enabling users to virtually walk through this restricted area.

 

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