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Rikugun (1944)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 7 December 1944 (Japan)
A widow raises her sickly son to be strong enough to join the army and fight on the front lines.

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Credited cast:
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Tomosuke Takagi
Ken Mitsuda ...
Tomonojo, Son
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Shintaro, Son
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Waka
Ken Uehara ...
Nishina
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Setsu
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Captain
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Kaneko
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Sakuragi
Toshio Hosokawa ...
Hayashi
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Yasumi Hara ...
Takeuchi
Fujio Nagahama ...
Fujita
Toshio Yamazaki
Jun Yokoyama
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Kinoshita's ambitious and intensely moving film begins as a multi-generational epic about the military legacy of one Japanese family, before settling into an emotionally complex portrayal of parental love during wartime. As the parents of a boy shipped off to battle, Kinuyo Tanaka and Chishu Ryu locate profound depths of feeling that transcend ideology. Written by Anonymous

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The most amazing ending I have ever seen
7 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

After nearly twenty years, this movie still haunts me. I remember only a few flickering black and white scenes, but wow, to this day, tears well up in my eyes when I think about it.

I saw it as a historical curiosity, having no expectations for it as a cinematic experience. It is a propaganda film with lots of stilted "party line" dialogue the audience laughed over, myself included.

Little did I suspect that the last 5 minutes of this "joke" of a movie would leave me drained and in tears. The actress who played the mother(Sugimura Haruko, I salute you) reached across time and space and pulled me into the private and secret world of her character. And it was a place I had never been before. What more can you expect of a movie?

To put this kind of ending on a movie called "Army" in 1944 took a lot of courage and decency. Thank you, Kinoshita Keisuke.

If the opportunity comes your way to see this movie, I urge you to see it.


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