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Five Scouts (1938)

Gonin no sekkôhei (original title)
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Cast overview:
Isamu Kosugi Isamu Kosugi ... Platoon leader Okada
Bontarô Miake Bontarô Miake ... Sgt. Fujimoto
Ichirô Izawa Ichirô Izawa ... Pvt. Koguchi
Shirô Izome Shirô Izome ... Cpl. Nakamura
Hikaru Hoshi Hikaru Hoshi
Binnosuke Nagao Binnosuke Nagao
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Genres:

Drama | War

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

7 January 1938 (Japan) See more »

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Five Scouts See more »

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Nikkatsu See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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The most important Japanese war film. See more »

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Referenced in Century of Cinema: 100 Years of Japanese Cinema (1995) See more »

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Band of Five
2 August 2014 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

If you are doing a movie about war, during a time when war is pending (or hanging about/over your head), you can expect it to try to bring people together. To give a sense of nationality so to speak. But this also is a movie that is artistically done and has a story that it wants to tell you above all.

I had the pleasure of watching this at the Festival in Berlin and we had a long introduction. And most of it was focused (no pun intended) on the lighting of the movie. When you have a black and white picture this is extremely crucial and the filmmakers did know that. Framing wise you cannot fault it and there are some fine performances within this movie. There are better war movies indeed, but this did not only copy (it's lighting style), but gave others reasons to copy from it after it was released


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