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The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On (1987)
"Yuki Yukite shingun" (original title)

 -  Documentary | War  -  15 May 1988 (USA)
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A documentary following Kenzo Okuzaki, a 62-year-old WW2 veteran notorious for his protests against Emperor Hirohito, as he tries to expose the needless executions of two Japanese soldiers during the war.

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Cast overview:
Kenzo Okuzaki ...
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Riichi Aikawa
Masaichi Hamaguchi
Toshio Hara
Shichiro Kojima
Masao Koshimizu
Taro Maruyama
Toshiya Nomura
Shizumi Okuzaki
Eizaburo Oshima
Rinko Sakimoto
Yukio Seo
Iseko Shimamoto
Minoru Takami
Kichitaro Yamada
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This documentary was five years in the making, and revolves around 62-year-old Okuzaki Kenzo, a survivor of the battlefields of New Guinea in World War II who gained notoriety by slingshooting steel pinballs at Emperor Showa to protest against what he considered to be the ruler's war crimes. Setting out to conduct interviews with survivors and relatives, he finds the truth of the past to be elusive, achieving a breakthrough only when he confronts ex-Sergeant Yamada, who grudgingly admits the occurrence and instructional source of certain atrocities. Written by L.H.Wong <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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This could be as real as it gets, as far as documentaries go. The protagonist is trying to get the truth out and give some piece of mind to families about how their relatives died and why. In my opinion the Protagonist went to far on some cases. He got the answers he wanted but was it really worth it to spend most your life in solitary confinement? The Director is amazing to be able to film all these events and let the protagonist do things his own way and not get involved is unbelievable. the director takes a lot of risks and i believe that is why he made a great film that does not hide the truth, you see things as they are really happening not as he would like you to see them. Although I do not like how the protagonist approached things, he was strong man and new what he wanted and he would do anything to get it. His passion was to get the truth and that is what he did.


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