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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

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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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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Pvt. Tsuguo Terajima: I'm the only one who made it back to Japan. Tokyo was a vast, burned-out wasteland. People were living among the ruins without shame or inhibition, their naked and raw humanity exposed. I found that so comforting. "Everyone's just like me." I forgot all about eating human flesh, and betraying my comrades, and I felt utterly at peace. But that didn't last long.
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Incredibly honest portrait of homosapien behavior
15 November 2005 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

Searing indictment of war and the individuals discredited in its aftermath. Directed by the masterful Kinji Fukasaku, it is a harsh, bleak work that uses monochrome flashbacks with occasional explosions of color, war photographs, and grim narration to tell a terrible tale.

Sachiko Hidari, a war widow, has spent twenty-six years searching for the truth about her husband's death. Was he executed? Was he a deserter? Was he a hero? As the government adheres to an official, flawed version of events, the stubborn woman seeks her own answers by speaking to the men who served with her husband. The stories told by these damaged soldiers comprise the bulk of the movie and accounts are complicated by each man's "truth".

Exceptionally well acted and directed with a savage determination to depict the insanity of war in its rawest state, this is surely one of Fukasaku's greatest achievements and certainly one of the most honest portraits of homosapien behavior ever branded to celluloid.


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