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Men Behind the Sun (1988)
"Hei tai yang 731" (original title)

 -  Drama | History | Horror  -  March 1989 (USA)
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Japanese troops round up Chinese and Russian prisoners of war and take them to a place called Squadron 731, where they are grotesquely tortured and experimented on to test new biological weapons.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jianxin Chen
Hsu Gou
Linjie Hao
Haizhe Jin
Tie Long Jin
Yuanrong Jin
Bolin Li
Pengyu Liu
Xuhui Liu
Zhaohua Mei ...
(as Zhao Hua Mei)
Zhe Quan
Jiefu Tian
Gang Wang ...
Runsheng Wang ...
(as Run Shen Wang)
Shennin Wang
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Story of a Japanese terror camp in the end of WW2, where the Japanese are using the Chinese as guinea pigs in terrible experiments to develop deadly bacterial-plagues. Written by Tobias Broljung <larry@algonet.se>

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Drama | History | Horror | War

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Release Date:

March 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Squadron 731  »

Box Office

Gross:

HKD 11,092,186 (Hong Kong) (23 December 1988)
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Trivia

Although the film is colloquially known as "Men Behind The Sun", the title card (on the DVD) reads "Man Behind The Sun". "Man Behind the Sun" is the film's actual English title. It was coined by Mou's wife who is fluent in English and thought that "Man" was better than "Men" which sounds too specific since ultimately the films' themes are not just about the specific cruelty of the Japanese Empire toward the Chinese but ultimately speak of the fundamental injustices of all mankind. See more »

Goofs

When the leader of the soldier boys patrol command them to drop and crawl through the snow, one soldier can be seen already dropped before he is even told to do so. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Shiro Ishii: A small rat can beat a cat. Fleas and germs can defeat bombers and guns. This is... the basic theory behind Squadron 731. It is also my philosophy.
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Followed by Men Behind the Sun 4 (1995) See more »

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Absolutely disturbing and devastating film.
17 February 2004 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

T.F.Mous' 1987 film "Man Behind the Sun" has to be one of the most disturbing and unpleasant movies ever made.It tells us about the atrocities committed by Japanese scientist during the Second World War in China.The acting is pretty good and I think that some of the actors did an outstanding job.The film offers also some of the most revolting gore I have ever seen.Some scenes are truly sickening for example a man is put into decompression chamber and the pressure is steadily increased until he shoots intestines out of his anus-actually Mous used a real corpse to make this scene.There is also incredibly graphic autopsy of a young mute boy-a real cadaver was used for this sequence as well.The scene where a real cat is attacked and consumed by literally thousands of starving rats is incredibly vile and unnecessary.Overall,"Man Behind the Sun" is pretty hard to find,but if you liked "Cannibal Holocaust" or "Bunman:The Untold Story",then give it a look.However fans of cute American horror should avoid it like the plague!


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