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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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Storyline

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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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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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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The Truth Can Hurt
3 August 2009 | by jimmyd1988See all my reviews

Despite its gruesome reality, "The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On" serves as a strong wake up call to me, and I'm sure the same goes for many others. Through some of the inhumane moments, we are shown the truth which not everyone wants to look directly in the eyes, especially if showing us the truth sometimes means lying to us as well.

So in the end, this film stands as an excellent model for showing us how things are, not the formalistic view of how we wish them to be - we should not suppress the truth! And in addition, I find Kazuo Hara and Kenzo Okuzaki's dedication to exploit the truth behind their film, very inspiring (but once again, "despite" their gruesome approach...).


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