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Army (1944)

Rikugun (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 7 December 1944 (Japan)
A widow raises her sickly son to be strong enough to join the army and fight on the front lines.


Keisuke Kinoshita


Shôhei Hino (original story), Tadao Ikeda (screenplay)




Credited cast:
Chishû Ryû ... Tomosuke Takagi
Ken Mitsuda Ken Mitsuda ... Tomonojo, Son
Kazumasa Hoshino Kazumasa Hoshino ... Shintaro, Son
Kinuyo Tanaka ... Waka
Ken Uehara Ken Uehara ... Nishina
Haruko Sugimura ... Setsu
Shin Saburi ... Captain
Shûji Sano ... Kaneko
Eijirô Tôno ... Sakuragi
Toshio Hosokawa Toshio Hosokawa ... Hayashi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yasumi Hara Yasumi Hara ... Takeuchi
Fujio Nagahama Fujio Nagahama ... Fujita
Toshio Yamazaki Toshio Yamazaki
Jun Yokoyama Jun Yokoyama


Kinoshita's ambitious and intensely moving film begins as a multi-generational epic about the military legacy of one Japanese family, before settling into an emotionally complex portrayal of parental love during wartime. As the parents of a boy shipped off to battle, Kinuyo Tanaka and Chishu Ryu locate profound depths of feeling that transcend ideology. Written by Anonymous

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Interesting to be able to see a Japanese propaganda film made during WWII.
24 February 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

During WWII, Hollywood produced a ton of propaganda films that showed the US military in the best possible light. By and large, the films were built around themes involving individual heroism. In contrast, the Japanese propaganda film "Army" is all about the unimportance of the individual and the importance of undying obedience.

The film is quite obvious in the lessons it's trying to instill in the audience--more obvious than the American version. In fact, this film even lists, several times, the important lessons all soldiers must know. All this is wrapped around a multi-generational story that follows a family from the tumult of the Meiji era through the wars of the late 19th and early 20th century and ultimately to WWII. It also clearly explains the reasons for these wars from the Japanese perspective...but it manages to do it very well and with many wonderful vignettes of this family.

All in all, a very high quality film that is worth seeing so you can gain insight into the psyche of Japan circa 1944. Well made, if obvious.

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