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Nobi (1959)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 3 November 1959 (Japan)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eiji Funakoshi ...
Tamura
Osamu Takizawa ...
Yasuda
Mickey Curtis ...
Nagamatsu
Hikaru Hoshi ...
Soldier
Mantarô Ushio ...
Sergeant
Masaya Tsukida ...
Soldier
Yasushi Sugita ...
Soldier
Yoshihiro Hamaguchi ...
Officer
Tatsuya Ishiguro
Yoshio Inaba
Jun Hamamura
Asao Sano ...
Soldier
Shin Date
Kôichi Itô
Kisao Tobita
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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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Acclaimed by Many as the Greatest War Film Ever Made

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3 November 1959 (Japan)  »

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Fires on the Plain  »

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Official submission of Japan for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 32nd Academy Awards in 1960. See more »

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Quartermaster: Kill yourself only if you have to. Hare are some rations.
Tamura: I'm grateful.
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Sympathy for the Devils
29 January 2000 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Every American who thinks he or she understands World War Two should see this movie. Few Hollywood films about the war have defied the stereotype of Japanese soldiers as emotionless brutes obeying orders without thinking. We like to think that every Japanese man was ready and able to fight to the death, right up to the day we bombed Nagasaki. "Fires on the Plain" shows a different reality: troops pathetically undersupplied, demoralized and starved to the point of cannibalism. They euphemistically refer to human flesh as "monkey meat." The movie and novel on which it was based also put to death the myth that Japanese soldiers all preferred death to surrender: They had good reason to believe that their enemies were in no mood to take prisoners. To me it raises a question most Americans would rather avoid: If the Japanese military was so beaten down at this point in the war, why was it necessary to nuke Hiroshima?


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