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Yuki yukite, shingun (1987)

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 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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Documentary | War

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Not Rated
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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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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Very interesting if you can get your hands on it
18 June 2006 | by SuperSandraSee all my reviews

I watched this film for a modern Japanese narrative class, but would definitely recommend it to anyone else. The copy I had made it hard to read the subtitles sometimes, but it was usually pretty obvious what was going on, because at that point Okuzaki Kenzo was usually beating somebody up for not telling him the truth.

It is sometimes hard to believe that this film is a documentary, because you want it to be fiction. It is not easy to watch, but whole-heartedly worth it, because even though it forces you to think about a lot of uncomfortable things, WWII was a very uncomfortable time, so it's rather appropriate, that way.


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