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Under the Flag of the Rising Sun (1972)

Gunki hatameku motoni (original title)
One woman's search to find the truth about her husband's death in World War II.

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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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12 March 1972 (Japan)  »

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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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Pvt. Tsuguo Terajima: I ate a man ... a man. But the world didn't change.
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Referenced in Black Sunshine: Conversations with T.F. Mou (2011) See more »

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Serious and sobering.
26 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

I'm a fan of Fukasaku's gritty doomed gangster movies, and have come to expect a harrowing exposition of human frailty and self destruction, usually at a very personal level. However, this movie plays out on a much grander scale as it sets about exploring the nature of nationalism, militarism, obedience, subjective reality, repressed memory, and guilt. I'm hard pressed to think of a western movie that digs so deeply into the despair of war widows, or examines their feelings in such minute detail. Technically it's almost a documentary, but personalised by the heroine's relentless quest for the truth.

Far from being a glorious affair full of grand heroism and precision munitions, war is a filthy business conducted at the sharp end by people who have little or nothing to gain by it. At the blunt end, the politicians and generals eat well and live a life of whimsical luxury while their forces starve and die brutally in foul conditions. Odd that so few filmmakers choose to explore the madness that sends millions to their death for overweening greed, imperial insanity, or even a bare faced lie. The Blue Max, Dr. Strangelove, and Oh What a Lovely War, amongst others, have examined the glib lunacy inherent in the equation, but Fukasaku's movie is all the more poignant for its protagonist's middle aged ordinariness.

If someone tells you that Battle Royale is Fukasaku's finest hour, just ask them if they've seen this movie. It's not "easy" to watch, but it's educational and moving. Try it with rice instead of popcorn.


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