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Japanese Devils (2001)

Riben guizi (original title)
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A documentary recording the testimony of fourteen former Japanese soldiers as they recount atrocities and war crimes committed during the Second World War, including the infamous Unit 731 ... See full summary »

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Yoshio Tsuchiya ...
Himself / Former 2nd Lieutenant, MP / Witness #1
Hakudo Nagatomi ...
Himself / Former Sergeant, Army / Witness #2
Yoshio Shinozuka ...
Himself / Former Corporal, Army / Witness #3
Taisuke Funyu ...
Himself / Former Sergeant Major, Army / Witness #4
Tsuyoshi Ebato ...
Himself / Former Sergeant, Army / Witness #5
Masao Shikada ...
Himself / Former 2nd Lieutenant, Army / Witness #6
Yoshio Suzuki ...
Himself / Former Sergeant Major, Army / Witness #7
Yasuji Kaneko ...
Himself / Former Corporal, Army / Witness #8
Masayo Enomoto ...
Himself / Former Sergeant Major, Army / Witness #9
Ken Yuasa ...
Himself / Former 1st Lieutenant, Army Medical Corps / Witness #10
Ichirô Kôyama ...
Himself / Former Sergeant, Army / Witness #11
Shôzô Tominaga ...
Himself / Former 1st Lieutenant, Army / Witness #12
Tetsuji Kubota ...
Himself / Former Sergeant Major, Army / Witness #13
Takeshi Kobayashi ...
Himself / Former Private 1st Class, Army / Witness #14
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A documentary recording the testimony of fourteen former Japanese soldiers as they recount atrocities and war crimes committed during the Second World War, including the infamous Unit 731 medical experimentation group. Having been trained by their country to be nothing but killers, the soldiers claim to have become morally numb and unable to see non-Japanese as even human. Perhaps feeling some remorse for what they have done, they now choose to tell their stories for the world to hear. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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1 December 2001 (Japan)  »

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Confessions of Imperial Army Soldiers from Japan's War Against China  »

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Difficult, but compelling...
8 September 2003 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at the 2001 Toronto International Film Festival.

The film was almost three hours long, but compelling all the way through. This documentary features the confessions of 14 Japanese soldiers, detailing their atrocities against the Chinese in the war that Japan waged for most of the thirties and forties. At times hard to listen to, it was nonetheless an exercise in bravery for these men to speak out when the overwhelming majority of soldiers did not. A deeply difficult film to get made and shown in Japan. (8/10)


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