absurdity of war (=ww2) through japanese eyesby ethanoel | created - 22 Feb 2015 | updated - 28 Nov 2017 | Public
a shortish compilation of war films from the japanese viewpoint. the emphasis in my selection is on the eternal absurdity and insanity of war.
but as you all can see 70 years after ww2 humankind has learned nothing from history: the eternal absurdity continues in the middle east africa jemen south sudan ukraine etc. as long as there are two erect dicks left on this planet they will fight each other. all evil under the sun generates from the groin as famous finnish author mika waltari so wisely put it...
NB films made in 193X-1945 are mostly blatant propaganda pieces for the militaristic goverment; the years 1945-1952 were the occupation years so the films were apologetic to appease and please the americans.
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1. Shanhai rikusentai (1939)
93 min | Action, War
A documentary style film that depicts the battle in Shanghai during World War II using the city and its actual ruins as an actual backdrop to the narrative. The realism extended to the use ... See full summary »
3. Bôrô no kesshitai (1943)
95 min | Action, War
The story centres around a border security team in 1935 Korea. Upon receiving new recruits they hold a welcome party including a restaurant owner and his daughter. The border's commander ... See full summary »
4. Kato hayabusa sento-tai (1944)
110 min | Action, War
Biographical movie about Colonel Kato, an officer serving with the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force in Southeast Asia, he was highly respected by his pilots for his fairness and excellent flying ability.
5. Dear Soldier (1944)
99 min | War
The parents of the young Korean men conscripted into the Japanese army during the second world war are proud to send their children off to battle in this propaganda film ordered by the Japanese government
9. Desertion at Dawn (1950)
116 min | Drama, War
Mikami, a Japanese soldier serving in China, is captured by the Chinese. Although he is able to escape, his troubles are far from over. He returns to his unit but is treated with contempt ... See full summary »
109 min | War
Director: Hideo Sekigawa
12. Children of Hiroshima (1952)
Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, War
Post war Hiroshima: It's been four years since the last time she visited her hometown. Takako faces the after effects of the A-bomb when she travels around the city to call on old friends.
16. Twenty-Four Eyes (1954)
Not Rated | 156 min | Drama
Schoolteacher Hisako Oishi forms an emotional bond with her pupils and teaches them various virtues, while at the same time worrying about their future.
18. The Burmese Harp (1956)
Not Rated | 116 min | Drama, Music, War
In the War's closing days, when a conscience-driven Japanese soldier fails to get his countrymen to surrender to overwhelming force, he adopts the lifestyle of a Buddhist monk.
19. Fires on the Plain (1959)
Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, War
In the closing days of WWII remnants of the Japanese army in Leyte are abandoned by their command and face certain starvation.
20. The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (I) (1959)
Not Rated | 208 min | Drama, War
A Japanese pacifist, unable to face the dire consequences of conscientious objection, is transformed by his attempts to compromise with the demands of war-time Japan.
21. The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity (II) (1959)
Not Rated | 181 min | Drama, History, War
As a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist struggles to maintain his determination to keep his ideals.
22. The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961)
Not Rated | 190 min | Drama, History, War
His ideals challenged by life as a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist faces ever greater tests in his fight for survival.
23. Dokuritsu gurentai (1959)
109 min | Drama, War, Action
When Sergeant Okubo's brother is murdered at a Japanese outpost in Northern China during the Second World War, Okubo poses as a war correspondent and seeks out his brother's killer. The ... See full summary »
25. Heitai yakuza (1965)
103 min | Action, Crime, War
A young intellectual conscientious objector is forced to serve with the Japanese army in Manchuria. He joins with a dim-witted former gangster in an effort to desert by stealing a train.
26. The Red Angel (1966)
95 min | Drama, Romance, War
During the Sino-Japanese War, a young army nurse gives sympathy to her patients and falls in love with an impotent doctor who's addicted to morphine.
28. Gekido no showashi: Okinawa kessen (1971)
149 min | Drama, History, War
Told from the Japanese perspective, this war drama captures the events of World War II's Battle of Okinawa - a massive amphibious assault by U.S. troops that left more than 150,000 Japanese civilians dead.
29. Aa koe naki tomo (1972)
105 min | Drama, War
Nishiyama (Atsumi) is the only one to survive in his platoon in WWII Japan. After the war is over, he begins a long voyage of 8 years throughout Japan to deliver 12 letters left by his ... See full summary »
30. Dear Summer Sister (1972)
96 min | Comedy, Drama
Story is about a Tokyo girl looking round Okinawa island for her long-lost brother and finding he is the tourist guide with whom she has had an affair.
32. Sandakan 8 (1974)
120 min | Drama, History, War
A journalist interviews an old woman who was forced into prostitution, just like many other Japanese women working in Asia outside of Japan during the first half of the 20th century. She worked in a Malaysian brothel called Sandakan 8.
33. Children of Nagasaki (1983)
128 min | Drama, War
In Nagasaki, Japan, on 09 August 1945, at 11:02 AM, 80.000 dead and thousand of persons wounded or contaminated by radiation were victims of one of the most hideous crimes of the mankind ... See full summary »
35. The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On (1987)
Not Rated | 122 min | Documentary, War
A documentary following Kenzo Okuzaki, a 62-year-old WW2 veteran notorious for his protests against Emperor Hirohito, as he tries to expose the needless executions of two Japanese soldiers during the war.
38. Sensou to seishun (1991)
An auto repairman's daughter questions him about what happened to her aunt during the war, but the father remains reticent. Finally the man opens up, and the girl is able to piece together her aunt's tragic story.
39. Japanese Devils (2001)
160 min | Documentary, War
A documentary recording the testimony of fourteen former Japanese soldiers as they recount atrocities and war crimes committed during the Second World War, including the infamous Unit 731 ... See full summary »
40. Wings of Defeat (2007)
89 min | Documentary
Wings of Defeat is a feature-length documentary exploring the human experience of surviving kamikaze pilots. When director, Risa Morimoto, learned that her beloved uncle had trained as a ... See full summary »
Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, History
Using extensive interviews with survivors and archival footage, an examination reveals the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.