8.3/10
1,019
27 user 13 critic

Yuki yukite, shingun (1987)

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.

Director:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

9 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Russian provincial town in the middle of the 1930s Stalin's Great Purge. Ivan Lapshin, the head of the local police, does what he has to do. And he does it well.

Director: Aleksey German
Stars: Andrei Boltnev, Nina Ruslanova, Andrey Mironov
Four Seasons (1975)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The last collaboration of Artavazd Peleshian and cinematographer Mikhail Vartanov is a film-essay about Armenia's shepherds, about the contradiction and the harmony between man and nature, scored to Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

Director: Artavazd Peleshian
Sayonara CP (1972)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

An intimate documentary about a group of people with cerebral palsy in Japan that confronts our preconceptions and prejudices about who they are, what they feel, and how they view their lives.

Director: Kazuo Hara
Stars: Hiroshi Yokota, Kôichi Yokozuka
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

This film travels through fantasy and reality as Joris Ivens goes to China to capture the wind. The film reflects the filmmaker's journey from Pour le Mistral (1966), his first film on the ... See full summary »

Director: Joris Ivens
Stars: Joris Ivens, Henxiang Han, Zhuang Liu
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Composed entirely by literary quotations from many different sources and from several historical periods, Godard's film works as an allegory on film. The loose narrative tells about a ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Stars: Alain Delon, Domiziana Giordano, Jacques Dacqmine
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In this uncomfortably intimate film, documentary filmmaker Kazuo Hara visits his ex-girlfriend Miyuki and records her new relationships.

Director: Kazuo Hara
Stars: Kazuo Hara, Miyuki Takeda, Sachiko Kobayashi
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A-yuan and A-yun are both from the small mining town of Jio-fen. In the city, A-yuan is an apprentice by day and goes to night school, and A-yun works as a helper at a tailors. Everyone ... See full summary »

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou
Stars: Shu-Fang Chen, Shu-Fen Hsin, Lawrence Ko
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A man gets rid of a cheap pot without knowing it contains a map to a treasure. As word spreads, many join in hunting it.

Director: Sadao Yamanaka
Stars: Denjirô Ôkôchi, Kiyozo, Kunitarô Sawamura
Xala (1975)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

It is the dawn of Senegal's independence from France, but as the citizens celebrate in the streets we soon become aware that only the faces have changed. White money still controls the ... See full summary »

Director: Ousmane Sembene
Stars: Thierno Leye, Myriam Niang, Seune Samb
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A filmed account of a bitterly violent miner strike.

Director: Barbara Kopple
Stars: Norman Yarborough, Houston Elmore, Phil Sparks
Demons (1971)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

After being robbed by a geisha, a ronin warrior carves a bloody path to seek revenge.

Director: Toshio Matsumoto
Stars: Katsuo Nakamura, Juro Kara, Yasuko Sanjo
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A WW2 story of a young Austrian soldier running from the Russian army and a woman whom he forces to come along in order to save his wounded mate.

Director: Karel Kachyna
Stars: Iva Janzurová, Jaromír Hanzlík, Ludek Munzar
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Kenzo Okuzaki ...
Himself
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
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary | War

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 May 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El ejército desnudo del emperador sigue marchando  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$222,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in Nihon eiga no hyaku nen (1995) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Truth hurts, but truth will make you free.
22 June 2012 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

There are always so many sides in a war, so many stories, so many angles. We come to think of these conflicts as just one side against another, with not much in between. The facts remain the same: the people who order these wars rarely, if ever, go to fight them. Who fight for them is the average man, either by conviction or force or a combination of both. This film is a view on the struggle of what was once an average man, who saw death and destruction, and just wants answers regarding the fate of his friends in a senseless conflict.

We follow him on his daily routine, his ritual of going to the streets and protest. In a society that punishes the will of the individual, that thinks remaining in silence is the right thing to do, our protagonist is seeing as an odd fellow. His countrymen just want to forget about this chapter in their history, they want to bury any memory regarding these events. Bury them for good, him included, but this man won't rest until he has his truth, no matter what, no matter the cost.

At many points during the film we will see him going into passive-aggressive outbursts, his frustration is contagious. The people he encounter avoid him with the most obtuse answers "i don't remember, i don't know, i wasn't there". When the man snaps and starts kicking another person you might not support his actions, but you can understand why he's doing it.

Hard to follow at times, but hard to stop watching it, this is a highly engaging docummentary. A naked emperor and his naked army marched once for empty promises made to an entire nation. History won't forget about this, no matter how hard some try to.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page