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Philosophy of a Knife (2008)

Video  -  Drama | Horror  -  8 July 2008 (USA)
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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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Forgive Me
Lyrics by Andrey Iskanov
Music by Alexander Shevchenko
Performed by Alexander Shevchenko (feat. Manoush)
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Impressive and Disturbing....Very Disturbing
15 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love Andrey Iskanov's other works such as Nails and Visions of Suffering and find Philosophy of a Knife along the same lines. While yes this movie is disturbing, graphic and based on real events I am amazed at the backlash the movie and Andrey have gotten.

Unlike other reviewers I knew what this movie was about going in. Yes there was a documentary aspect to it, part documentary and some historical footage which I thought helped connect the film as a whole, ramming it home even more that this was based on a true story. I am not sure what kind of movie others were expecting. Maybe they did not listen to the beginning interview or have not heard about Unit 731 before, or even seen Andrey's other works. I find the attack on actors and special effects ludicrous. How do you expect people to act in this scenario? Most of the special effects were very good in my opinion. There were some that could have been done better but that is the way it is and to me has no relevance to the movie as a whole. This movie was made in a certain style and is not your Hollywood pumped out generic horror crap or cookie cutter work. One reviewer even said it was a horrible movie because the actress had a Brazilian which apparently the character would not have at the time. Out of everything that is going on in that movie, the pain, cruelty, and deadening of humanity he focuses on that... I would go ahead and watch and listen to the quick interview at the beginning of the movie which answers all the questions other posters are missing. Yes it's not for everyone and for me its even hard to say I enjoyed it because it was very disturbing. My rant is over...


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