Special Report from Sister Ciara
My Dearest Friends:
In the aftermath of World War II that saw me being saved by my Dear Sisters from the horrors of a ravaged European Continent, my journey to taking the simple vows of Sisterhood with the Sorcha Faal Order, versus the solemn vows taken by Nuns in orders such as Poor Clares, afforded me a blessed lifetime of being able to intellectually straddle the borders of religion and secularism—with my guiding words from Our Dear Lord always being “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” [1 Corinthians 13:12]
I mention this bit of past about my life because it places into context your understanding my young woman rapture upon seeing, in 1952, the film No Regrets for Our Youth, that depicted the life of Empire of Japan journalist Hotsumi Ozaki—who was the only Japanese person to be hanged for treason by the Japanese government during World War II.
As much as this film told about the life and death of Hotsumi Ozaki, it showed to the world even more about its filmmaker Akira Kurosawa—who today is regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema—and was because of his ability to “see through a glass darkly” to find the subtle nuances and currents rippling through history—a unique ability lauded by the great American filmmaker Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Return of the Jedi, etc.), who along with his saying Kurosawa was the greatest director who ever lived, said what most distinguished Kurosawa’s films was the dynamic: “The villain has arrived while the hero is evolving. That’s what made his films great, the sense of an implacable bad guy encountering a good guy who is alive, capable of changing, who is in fact changing because of and in order to beat back the bad guy and make things safe again.”…