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Man Behind the Sun (1988)

Hei tai yang 731 (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History, Horror | 1 December 1988 (Hong Kong)
Japanese troops round up Chinese and Russian prisoners of war and take them to unit 731, where they're horribly tortured and experimented on to test new biological weapons.

Director:

Tun-Fei Mou (as T.F. Mous)

Writers:

Mei Liu (as Mei Fei Liu), Wen Yuan Mou | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jianxin Chen Jianxin Chen
Hsu Gou Hsu Gou
Linjie Hao Linjie Hao
Haizhe Jin Haizhe Jin
Tie Long Jin Tie Long Jin
Yuanrong Jin Yuanrong Jin
Bolin Li Bolin Li
Pengyu Liu Pengyu Liu
Xuhui Liu Xuhui Liu
Zhaohua Mei Zhaohua Mei ... (as Zhao Hua Mei)
Zhe Quan Zhe Quan
Jiefu Tian Jiefu Tian
Gang Wang ... Lt. Gen. Shiro Ishii
Runshen Wang Runshen Wang ... (as Run Shen Wang)
Shennin Wang Shennin Wang
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Storyline

Story of a Japanese terror camp in the end of WW2, where the Japanese are using the Chinese as guinea pigs in terrible experiments to develop deadly bacterial-plagues. Written by Tobias Broljung <larry@algonet.se>

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Genres:

Drama | History | Horror | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

There was no special effects industry in China when this film was made so many of the special effects in the film were done with real cadavers which director Tun-Fei Mou was able to obtain through connections of his. The frostbite experiment victim's arms were real corpse arms and the child's body was a real cadaver. Mou waited for a whole month to find a body the same size as the child playing the role. He was almost ready to give up when the local police called him telling him that a child had been killed in an accident. He got permission from the parents and filmed the child's autopsy, dressing the coroners up like WWII-era Japanese doctors. The close ups of the child's organs being removed were done by dissecting a pig. See more »

Goofs

Surgeons cut the stomach of an alive boy without any bleeding. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Shiro Ishii: A small rat can beat a cat. Fleas and germs can defeat bombers and guns. This is... the basic theory behind Squadron 731. It is also my philosophy.
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Alternate Versions

The UK version was cut by 2 minutes by the BBFC to remove a scene where a cat is thrown into a room full of live rats and then killed by them, and to edit shots of rats on fire. Despite the film's graphic violence it received no further BBFC cuts, possibly because the video was given a limited UK release and sold only through Chinese video stores. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Cinema Snob: Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (2010) See more »

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Strong movie first, gore scenes second
14 August 2002 | by StooovieSee all my reviews

Please do not watch this movie only for its gory scenes. There aren ´t that many of them and you can see similar ones regularly on Reality TV and the likes. The film´s true driving force is strong acting, good script and the veil of foulness, for the story (and even the gore scenes) are based on true facts and documents. You will certainly be disturbed, but rather for the feeling that what you´re watching really happened. Definetly recommended. 7/10


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

1 December 1988 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Man Behind the Sun See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut) | (World Video release) | (Dead Alive Productions release)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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