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Under the Flag of the Rising Sun (1972)
"Gunki hatameku motoni" (original title)

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One woman's search to find the truth about her husband's death in World War II.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tetsurô Tanba ...
Sergeant Katsuo Togashi
Sachiko Hidari ...
Sakie Togashi
Shinjirô Ehara
Sanae Nakahara ...
Mrs. Ochi
Yumiko Fujita ...
Sakie's daughter
Noboru Mitani ...
Pvt. Tsuguo Terajima
Taketoshi Naitô
Kôichi Yamamoto
Paul Maki
Mugihito
Shônosuke Ichikawa
Hachizô Fujikawa
Sakae Umezu
Harukazu Kitami
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One woman's search to find the truth about her husband's death in World War II.

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Drama | History | Mystery | War

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17 August 1982 (USA)  »

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Under the Fluttering Military Flag  »

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Director Kinji Fukasaku used his own money to buy the film rights to the novel. See more »

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Sergeant Katsuo Togashi: There is no winning in dying.
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15 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film puts most war movies to shame. Here is a cinematically beautiful yet shockingly realistic depiction of what war is like. The betrayal of humanity involved on numerous levels is juxtaposed with the individual soldier's will to survive and with one widow's need to know the hidden truth about how her husband died. Her journey of naivete to knowledge and understanding is the central character arc that traverses through the accounts of several veterans from her husband's unit. The gorgeous photography features shot after shot of beautiful landscape that serves as a kind of silent and solitary witness to the mayhem.

Nowhere do you see the cloying sentimentality and heroism that stink up so many war films. I give it the highest rating.


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