Film gives kamikazes chance to remember

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"Wings of Defeat," a documentary about Japanese kamikaze pilots, comes at a time when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks to revise the country's wartime history.

The film, directed by Risa Morimoto, a Japanese-American living in New York, takes a kinder view of kamikazes -- a Japanese word commonly translated as "divine wind" -- typically depicted as fanatics filled with hatred for the United States and ready to die for their god and emperor.

In "Wings of Defeat," the dwindling number of surviving pilots expressed sadness, regret and anger at their leaders, who told them they were fighting madmen who would kill them all.

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