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Fires on the Plain (1959)
"Nobi" (original title)

 -  Drama | War  -  3 November 1959 (Japan)
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In the closing days of WWII remnants of the Japanese army in Leyte are abandoned by their command and face certain starvation.

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Credited cast:
Eiji Funakoshi ...
Tamura
Osamu Takizawa ...
Yasuda
Mickey Curtis ...
Nagamatsu
Mantarô Ushio ...
Sergeant
Kyû Sazanka ...
Army surgeon
Yoshihiro Hamaguchi ...
Officer
Asao Sano ...
Soldier
Masaya Tsukida ...
Soldier
Hikaru Hoshi ...
Soldier
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shizuo Chûjô
Jun Hamamura
Tomio Hanano
Yûzô Hayakawa ...
(as Yuji Hayakawa)
Keiichi Hosokawa
Tatsuya Ishiguro
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It is the Philipines, 1945. The Japanese Imperial Army has been reduced to a ragtag mob hiding in the jungles. Among them is Pvt. Tamura. The situation goes from bad to worse and in the face of the brutal conditions facing the men, some go insane and resort to murder and cannibalism. In the midst of this, Pvt. Tamura tries to survive without giving up his principles. Written by Eugene Ly <euge.ly@utoronto.ca>

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Nobi  »

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In order to achieve maximum authenticity, actors were fed very little, and were not permitted to tend to matters of simple hygiene such as brushing their teeth and cutting their nails. As a precaution against serious deterioration of the actors' health, a number of nurses were always on call on the set. Eiji Funakoshi was never specifically told not to eat. He willingly starved himself to help get him into character. The rest of the cast and crew were unaware of this until he collapsed on-set. Production was shut down for two weeks. See more »

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Dying Buddhist soldier: [to Tamura as he opens his eyes] What? You still here? Poor guy, when I'm dead, you can eat this.
[He outstretches his arm]
Dying Buddhist soldier: [Disgusted by the thought, Tamura leaves] Come back! You can eat me!
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Five stars for keeping it real.
12 April 2011 | by (Pakistani Residentual Area) – See all my reviews

I served for four years and did two deployments, and of the hundreds of military themed films that I have seen, this is literally the only one that actually felt like being there. The monotony, the madness, the waiting, the frustration and anxiety over separation from family, friends and everything else that made my life make sense, all came rushing back to me in full blown technicolor. It was like being there, and to be totally honest this was not an enjoyable experience for me. People say that this movie is dry and devoid of excitement. Well.... yah, frankly thats how I knew that "Fires on the Plain" was the real deal to begin with. Basically, if its fun and action packed, its not the military. If you want to be lied to, watch something else. You won't have to look far. This should be required viewing for anybody that is considering a career in the military. Watch it carefully and actually make a cold rational decision as to weather or not this is what you would want to do with every single hour of every single day of your life for four to six years and in many cases more. Seriously, its an important decision that will dramatically change your life, but don't be naive enough to believe that this change will always be an improvement. When people say that our troops are making sacrifices for our freedom, they f***ing mean it. Not the least of which being your own freedom, which is non existent if you sign that contract. This movie does not demonize the military, but at the same time, it wont lie for it either. I'm not saying that you shouldn't join the military. I'm saying that if you really knew exactly what you were getting into, you probably wouldn't want to. This movie will give you a balanced, fair, first hand account of exactly what you can expect in TODAY'S military. No other movie will do this as meticulously and rationally as this one will. Its a huge decision, make it an educated one.


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