"I'm so thirsty, my legs are frail. What am I to do?"
February 3, 2015 11:03 AM   Subscribe

Tokyo 1923, the video game.
Based on Akira Kurosawa's experience with the Great Kanto Earthquake - as written in his "Something Like an Autobiography" -, Tokyo 1923 immerses the player in the midst of a catastrophe and tries to bring up questions about solidarity, desperation and moving on after a personal or global tragedy.

"You play as a young girl and boy, survivors who work together to help out others in need amid the earthquake's aftermath." [killscreendaily.com]

Screenshot: [1] [2] You can download Tokyo 1923 for free here [zip] [exe]. You can also play it in your browser here.
posted by Fizz (6 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
In memory of Akira Kurasawa.

I must have missed a lot because I finished it in 2 minutes, doing nothing but platforming until I met an old man who asked for money. Game over. I'll give it another playthrough I guess.

Miyazaki's The Wind Rises portrays the devastation and rebuilding after the quake quite poignantly. I'll miss his films.
posted by adept256 at 11:22 AM on February 3, 2015

Wonder if the game has a stage where you must work together with other characters to hunt down and kill Koreans? /notserious

Parts of Kurosawa's vivid passages about the earthquake and the resulting fear and panic describe Japanese survivors running around and attacking people who they think are Koreans / non-Japanese. His own father gets "surrounded by a mob" because of his beard as they thought "someone with so much facial hair could not be Japanese". Also:

But there was an even more ridiculous incident. They told us not to drink the water from one of our neighborhood wells. The reason was that the wall surrounding the well had some kind of strange notation... supposedly a Korean code indication that the well water had been poisoned. I was flabbergasted. The truth was that the strange notation was a scribble I myself had written. Seeing adults behaving like this, I couldn't help shaking my head and wondering what human beings are all about.
posted by shortfuse at 12:08 PM on February 3, 2015

Damnit, where was the rat? I couldn't find it.
posted by GrapeApiary at 1:40 PM on February 3, 2015

Stuff You Missed In History Class did an episode on the Kanto earthquake. If you ever think you're having a bad day, take comfort in the fact that it doesn't involve fire tornadoes.
posted by dephlogisticated at 3:30 PM on February 3, 2015

I studied this in graduate school. My favorite balls to the wall anarchist was murdered by police in the aftermath of that earthquake, along with a hell of a lot of other political radicals and also a hell of a lot of Koreans.
posted by absalom at 5:37 PM on February 3, 2015

Metafilter: Seeing adults behaving like this, I couldn't help shaking my head and wondering what human beings are all about.
posted by Hello, I'm David McGahan at 6:57 PM on February 3, 2015

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