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The Human Bullet (1968)

Nikudan (original title)
During World War II, a Japanese soldier finds himself assigned to a kamikaze mission against a U.S. battleship.

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Minori Terada ...
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Naoko Ôtani ...
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Yûnosuke Itô ...
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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shinsuke Achiwa
Hideyo Amamoto ...
Father of Him
Masumi Harukawa
Hiroshi Hasegawa
Masao Imafuku
Tanie Kitabayashi
Noriko Mihashi
Sue Mitobe
Hiroko Mutô
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Ichirô Nakatani
Shôichi Ozawa
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During World War II, a Japanese soldier finds himself assigned to a kamikaze mission against a U.S. battleship.

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A brilliant anti-war satire
9 May 2001 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

It's a shame this movie can't be found on home video. See it if you get a chance. It was distributed in the U.S. under the name "The Human Bullet," and tells the story of a Japanese soldier in WWII who eventually finds himself launched on a kamakazi mission against a U.S. ship.

The free spirit of 1968 is very much evident in the film as, for example, our hero's blathering superiors are compared to an endlessly skipping vinyl LP. A funny savaging of the dehumanization of wartime and the military in general.


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