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The Hoodlum Soldier (1965)

Heitai yakuza (original title)
A young intellectual conscientious objector is forced to serve with the Japanese army in Manchuria. He joins with a dim-witted former gangster in an effort to desert by stealing a train.

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Kyû Sazanka
Asao Uchida
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A young intellectual conscientious objector is forced to serve with the Japanese army in Manchuria. He joins with a dim-witted former gangster in an effort to desert by stealing a train.

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The kind of film that only Japanese can give us

The typical kind of features from the Rising Sun empire. I hope many viewers will comment it in a far better way than I will, but I am highly surprised that no one has made it yet. A fierce, brutal, and terrific story of Japanese soldiers in a camp during the war in Manchuria. You have here many unbearable scènes of rape, torture, fighting, humiliations of all kind. At a scale that you may feel Dizzy from time to time. But all Japanese films lovers are used to this kind of tales. Japanese are like this. This is their culture, their inner feelings that emerge this way. We must accept it, that's the way it is. A complex story which describes us the true meaning of life, the description, the deep analysis of the human nature against the elements. A deep study, somewhere a dive into the human behaviour.

Not for all audiences. But a true masterpiece, even if I did not get all what was Inside...


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