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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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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 ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Kenzo Okuzaki ...
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


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 <>

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15 May 1988 (USA)  »

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Yuki Yukite shingun  »

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Facets DVD is released now, suggested WWII viewing
3 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just got the Facets DVD from Netflix. I was born in the early 80s and have grown up around people who talk about genocide and wartime atrocities, if they talk about them at all, in a vocabulary that has been created by the left leaning, college-educated class or those of the opinion that bringing democracy by unilateral force should solve most problems. This DVD was eye-opening and should be shown to anybody who is born from the 1970s up. Although I do not approve of this guy's violence, he is the perfect embodiment of how the human conscience reacts in the face of these type of atrocities. He is obsessed with honesty, and I think this shows in his propensity to be talking to somebody trying to get them to fess up one minute and the next he is rolling on the ground , kicking them. If we are truly honest with ourselves, 90% of us wouldn't react in a calm, rational way in the face of these unspeakable things, while we might not be violent it is never a healthy process to go through. Just think, this generation's equivalent to this Japanese veteran in the public is George Clooney trying to inform people about the genocide in Darfur, or similar figures to George; celebrities or public figures who have the free time and enough money to get their message out there. Now compare George Clooney's manner to the manner subject of this documentary in your mind... ... What makes me worry that the future is the fact that history or empathy cannot replace direct experience with events like World War II, which is why I fear we get into in a similar situation again. While I don't want to see somebody like George Clooney trying to beat up public officials in order to extract the truth, I do want to see a public figure react in a way to these events that make the public feel less alone in their inability to process atrocities in a healthy fashion. Seeing "The Emperor's Naked Army Marches on" somehow made me feel less alone in the flailing, emotional way human conscience reacts to the truth of Darfur or WWII...

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