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The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On (1987)

Yuki yukite, shingun (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary, War | 15 May 1988 (USA)
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.

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Kazuo Hara
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Cast

Cast overview:
Kenzo Okuzaki Kenzo Okuzaki ... Himself
Riichi Aikawa Riichi Aikawa
Masaichi Hamaguchi Masaichi Hamaguchi
Toshio Hara Toshio Hara
Shichiro Kojima Shichiro Kojima
Masao Koshimizu Masao Koshimizu
Taro Maruyama Taro Maruyama
Toshiya Nomura Toshiya Nomura
Shizumi Okuzaki Shizumi Okuzaki
Eizaburo Oshima Eizaburo Oshima
Rinko Sakimoto Rinko Sakimoto
Yukio Seo Yukio Seo
Iseko Shimamoto Iseko Shimamoto
Minoru Takami Minoru Takami
Kichitaro Yamada Kichitaro Yamada
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This documentary was five years in the making, and revolves around 62-year-old Okuzaki Kenzo, a survivor of the battlefields of New Guinea in World War II who gained notoriety by slingshooting steel pinballs at Emperor Showa to protest against what he considered to be the ruler's war crimes. Setting out to conduct interviews with survivors and relatives, he finds the truth of the past to be elusive, achieving a breakthrough only when he confronts ex-Sergeant Yamada, who grudgingly admits the occurrence and instructional source of certain atrocities. Written by L.H.Wong <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

15 May 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El ejército desnudo del emperador sigue marchando See more »

Filming Locations:

Fukaya, Saitama, Japan See more »

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Budget:

$222,000 (estimated)
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Stereo

Color:

Color
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American documentary filmmaker Erroll Morris listed this film as one of the top ten non fiction movies. See more »

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

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A lonely crusade to expose the truth
29 January 2000 | by mrreindeerSee all my reviews

Like "Fires on the Plain," this documentary gives you the side of World War Two they left out of the John Wayne films. A Japanese war veteran is haunted by memories of fellow soldiers who were executed (and eaten!) by officers in New Guinea. Ironically, the officers used false charges that the soldiers were themselves cannibals as an excuse for executing them. The old soldier goes on a quixotic and unpopular crusade to bring the truth to light.


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