Films Japanese right-wingers have given 1-star ratings without having seen them

by th-kyhn | created - 7 months ago | updated - 6 months ago | Public

Films Japanese right-wingers have given 1-star ratings without having seen them, typically because they portray WWII-related issues in a non-denialist manner.

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1. Man Behind the Sun (1988)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, History, Horror

Japanese troops round up Chinese and Russian prisoners of war and take them to unit 731, where they're horribly tortured and experimented on to test new biological weapons.

Director: Tun-Fei Mou | Stars: Gang Wang, Dai Yao Wu, Runshen Wang, Zhe Quan

Votes: 6,234

2. Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue (2019)

120 min | Documentary, History

A Japanese-American director digs deep into the controversial 'comfort women' issue to settle the debate on whether the women were paid prostitutes or sex slaves, and reveals the ... See full summary »

Director: Miki Dezaki | Stars: Kent Gilbert, Kase Hideaki, Koichi Nakano, Yoshiko Sakurai

Votes: 150

3. 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 »

Director: Minoru Matsui | Stars: Yoshio Tsuchiya, Hakudo Nagatomi, Yoshio Shinozuka, Taisuke Funyu

Votes: 134

4. Unit 731 (2015)

60 min | Documentary

Unit 731 explores a side of WWII history that is largely unknown to the Western World. Documenting the development of WWII from the perspective of the Far East Front, the story of the gruesome human research center, UNIT 731, is revealed.

Director: Chris D. Nebe | Stars: Louis Fantasia, Chris D. Nebe

Votes: 63

5. Maruta 2: Laboratory of the Devil (1992)

96 min | Drama, Horror, War

In the spring of 1935, Japan established a secret base, Unit 731 in Manchuria, where many innocent Chinese, Korean and Mongolian people were killed in grotesque experiments. An idealistic ... See full summary »

Director: Godfrey Ho | Stars: Yishou Jiang, Yuen-Ching Leung, Xingqiang Li, Dingyao Liu

Votes: 553

6. Unit 731: Nightmare in Manchuria (1998 TV Movie)

Documentary, War

Features the terrible story behind WWII "Unit 731", a japanese military base located in the puppet state of Manchuria, China.

Votes: 92

7. In the Name of the Emperor (1998)

50 min | Documentary, War

A matter-of-fact documentary of the massacre of over 300,000 Chinese civilians by the Japanese in the so-called 'Rape of Nanjing' in 1937. In the name of the Japanese emperor Hirohito, the ... See full summary »

Directors: Christine Choy, Nancy Tong | Stars: Robin Brentano, Ted Hannon, Matthew Myers, Lamar Sanders

Votes: 27

8. The Sun (2005)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, History

85 Metascore

Third part in Aleksandr Sokurov's quadrilogy of Power, following Moloch (1999) and Taurus (2001), focuses on Japanese Emperor Hirohito and Japan's defeat in World War II when he is finally confronted by General Douglas MacArthur who offers him to accept a diplomatic defeat for survival.

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov | Stars: Issei Ogata, Robert Dawson, Kaori Momoi, Shirô Sano

Votes: 2,773 | Gross: $0.08M

9. Nanking (2007)

R | 88 min | Biography, History, War

76 Metascore

Through readings of historical account by actors and the testimony of survivors, the events of the Nanjing Massacre are recounted.

Directors: Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman | Stars: Hugo Armstrong, Rosalind Chao, Stephen Dorff, John Getz

Votes: 3,455 | Gross: $0.16M

10. Horror in the East (2000 TV Movie)

PG | Documentary, War

An examination of atrocities and depredations committed by Imperial Japanese military forces, from 1931 to 1945.

Stars: Edward Herrmann, Samuel West

Votes: 218

11. Silent Shame (2010)

87 min | Documentary, History, War

A Japanese-born filmmaker took seven years to peel back the cultured facade of her country, and uncovers its darkest secrets giving us a shocking and provocative look at Japan's inhumanity in war.

Director: Akiko Izumitani | Stars: Ren Hanami, Akiko Izumitani

Votes: 24

12. John Rabe (2009)

134 min | Biography, Drama, History

57 Metascore

A true-story account of a German businessman who saved more than 200,000 Chinese during the Nanjing massacre in 1937-38.

Director: Florian Gallenberger | Stars: Ulrich Tukur, Daniel Brühl, Steve Buscemi, Anne Consigny

Votes: 6,321 | Gross: $0.07M

13. Herstory (2018)

121 min | Drama

10 plaintiffs who suffered as comfort woman during World War II and their 13 lawyers stand in a courtroom in Japan. They have gone through 23 difficult trials from 1992 to 1998.

Director: Kyu-dong Min | Stars: Kim Hae-sook, Soo-jung Ye, Suk Mun, Yong-nyeo Lee

Votes: 217

14. A Resistance (I) (2019)

105 min | Drama

Since the Japanese occupation, Koreans fought for independence at home and abroad. Started on March 1, 1919, the national protest held at least 2 months. It was called the-March 1st ... See full summary »

Director: Min-ho Cho | Stars: Ko Asung, Jeong Ha-dam, Nam-jin Kim, Sae-byeok Kim

Votes: 124

15. I Can Speak (2017)

119 min | Comedy, Drama

The film tells the story of an elderly woman (played by Na Moon Hee) who constantly files complaints with the local office about the wrongs that she sees around her each day. Along the way,... See full summary »

Director: Hyun-seok Kim | Stars: Moon-hee Na, Lee Jehoon, Cheol-min Park, Yeom Hye-ran

Votes: 1,733

16. The Cove (2009)

PG-13 | 92 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

84 Metascore

Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.

Director: Louie Psihoyos | Stars: Richard O'Barry, Louie Psihoyos, Hardy Jones, Michael Illiff

Votes: 48,753 | Gross: $0.87M

17. Yasukuni (2007)

123 min | Documentary

Controversy abounds as Japanese officials honor the deceased at the legendary Yasukuni shrine, where swords used to kill Chinese soldiers were famously forged. Few know about the shrine's eerie past and the mysterious sword inside.

Director: Ying Li | Stars: Naoharu Kariya, Jun'ichirô Koizumi

Votes: 152

18. Unbroken (I) (2014)

PG-13 | 137 min | Action, Biography, Drama

59 Metascore

After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he's caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

Director: Angelina Jolie | Stars: Jack O'Connell, Miyavi, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund

Votes: 157,394 | Gross: $115.64M

19. Boys for Sale (2017)

76 min | Documentary

Interviews with the urisen boys of Shinjuku 2 chome. They answer questions about their experiences working in the sex trade including what drove them to it in the first place and why they ... See full summary »

Director: Itako

Votes: 24

20. The Apology (I) (2016)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary

The Apology explores the lives of former "comfort women", the more than 200,000 girls forced into sexual slavery during World War II. Today, they fight for reconciliation and justice as they struggle to make peace with the past.

Director: Tiffany Hsiung

Votes: 258

21. The Battleship Island (2017)

Not Rated | 132 min | Action, Drama, History

60 Metascore

During the Japanese colonial era, roughly 400 Korean people, who were forced onto Battleship Island ("Hashima Island") to mine for coal, attempt to a dramatic escape.

Director: Seung-wan Ryoo | Stars: Jung-min Hwang, So Ji-seob, Song Joong-ki, Lee Jung-hyun

Votes: 6,420

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