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Philosophy of a Knife (2008)

Video  -  Drama | Horror  -  8 July 2008 (USA)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tetsuro Sakagami ...
The Officer #1
Tomoya Okamoto ...
The Officer #2
Yukari Fujimoto ...
The Female Nurse #1
Manoush ...
The Female Nurse #1 (voice)
Yumiko Fujiwara ...
The Female Nurse #2
Masaki Kitagava ...
The Female Nurse #3
Reiko Niakawa ...
The Female Nurse #4
Elena Romanova Probatova ...
The Favorite Girl (as Elena Probatova)
Tatyana Kopeykina ...
The Blond Girl with Toy Bear
Veronika Leonova ...
The Brunette Girl
Irina Nikitina ...
The Pregnant Girl
Dmitriy Skripnik ...
The Captured Airplane Pilot
Alyona Strebkova ...
The Dental Torture Girl
Vladimir Volodin ...
The Syphilis Experiment Man
Irina Zenkina ...
The Syphilis Experiment Girl
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The true history of Japanese Unit 731, from its beginnings in the 1930s to its demise in 1945, and the subsequent trials in Khabarovsk, USSR, of many of the Japanese doctors from Unit 731. The facts are told, and previously unknown evidence is revealed by an eyewitness to these events, former doctor and military translator, Anatoly Protasov. Part documentary and part feature, the story is shown from the perspective of a young Japanese nurse who witnessed many of horrors, and a young Japanese officer who is torn between his sincere convictions that he is serving the greater purpose, and the deep sympathy he feels for an imprisoned Russian girl. His life is a living hell as he's compelled to carry out atrocious experiments on the other prisoners, using them as guinea pigs in this shocking tale of mankind's barbarity. "Philosophy of a Knife" is truly one of the most violent, brutal and harrowing movies ever made. Written by Anonymous

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God created heaven, man created hell

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Narrations for film were recorded in Birmingham (Great Britain) and New Rochelle (USA). See more »

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Forgive Me
Lyrics by Andrey Iskanov
Music by Alexander Shevchenko
Performed by Alexander Shevchenko (feat. Manoush)
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Biased and Poorly Composed
26 August 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The small portions of this movie that have any merit, mostly the archival footage which is in some cases quite well applied, are over shadowed by a number of glaring flaws. The narrator blatantly overlooks other widespread abuses and atrocities committed by the whole of the Japanese military, instead claiming that any injustices were simply in response to pressures from the conflict with Russia. To try and whitewash Unit 731's role as a defencive measure is historically inaccurate, and since the Philosophy of a Knife claims to be a sober look at historical events, it fails on that level. I would say while there are few other movies that focus primarily on Imperial Japan's forays into chemical and biological warfare, this one does not ear points for filling a niche void.


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