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Fires on the Plain ()

Nobi (original title)
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In the closing days of WWII remnants of the Japanese army in Leyte are abandoned by their command and face certain starvation.

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Tamura
Osamu Takizawa ...
Yasuda
Mickey Curtis ...
Nagamatsu
Hikaru Hoshi ...
Soldier
Mantarô Ushio ...
Sergeant
Masaya Tsukida ...
Soldier
Yasushi Sugita ...
Soldier
Yoshihiro Hamaguchi ...
Officer
Yoshio Inaba
Jun Hamamura
Asao Sano ...
Soldier
Shin Date
Kôichi Itô
Kisao Tobita
Osamu Ôkawa
Manabu Morita
Akira Natsuki
Kyôsuke Shiho
Yûzô Hayakawa
Shizuo Chûjô
Tôru Konoki
Tetsurô Takeuchi
Keiichi Hosokawa
Fujio Yonezawa
Shunji Tsuda
Masatoki Sasaki
Yoshio Takee
Toshio Môri
Osamu Kawai
Akira Sugiyama
Hiroshi Otsuka
Mitsuhiko Kurosu
Yû Takahama
Tomio Hanano
Seiji Kurokawa
Hisao Watanabe
Ken Nakahara
Bing Concepcion
Antonio G. Casimiro
Rosalinda J. Nicolas
Sonia Crisologo
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Kyû Sazanka ...
Army surgeon (uncredited)

Directed by

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Kon Ichikawa

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Shohei Ooka ... (novel)
 
Natto Wada ... (writer)

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Hiroaki Fujii ... planner
Masaichi Nagata ... producer

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Yasushi Akutagawa

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Setsuo Kobayashi

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Tatsuji Nakashizu

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Atsuji Shibata

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Asao Kumada ... executive in charge of production

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Tarô Yuge ... assistant director

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Ken'ichi Nishii ... sound

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Tooru Matoba ... special photographer
Isamu Yoneyama ... gaffer

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Plot Summary

It is the Philipines, 1945. The Japanese Imperial Army has been reduced to a ragtag mob hiding in the jungles. Among them is Pvt. Tamura. The situation goes from bad to worse and in the face of the brutal conditions facing the men, some go insane and resort to murder and cannibalism. In the midst of this, Pvt. Tamura tries to survive without giving up his principles. Written by Eugene Ly

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Also Known As
  • Fires on the Plain (World-wide, English title)
  • Fires on the Plain (United States)
  • Feux dans la plaine (France)
  • Det grymma kriget (Sweden)
  • Nobi - krigen på slettene (Norway)
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Trivia In order to achieve maximum authenticity, actors were fed very little, and were not permitted to tend to matters of simple hygiene such as brushing their teeth and cutting their nails. As a precaution against serious deterioration of the actors' health, a number of nurses were always on call on the set. Eiji Funakoshi was never specifically told not to eat. He willingly starved himself to help get him into character. The rest of the cast and crew were unaware of this until he collapsed on-set. Production was shut down for two weeks. See more »
Movie Connections Remade as Fires on the Plain (2014). See more »
Quotes Dying Buddhist soldier: [to Tamura as he opens his eyes] What? You still here? Poor guy, when I'm dead, you can eat this.
[He outstretches his arm]
Dying Buddhist soldier: [Disgusted by the thought, Tamura leaves] Come back! You can eat me!
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