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Men Behind the Sun (1988)

Hei tai yang 731 (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History, Horror | March 1989 (USA)
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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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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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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Drama | History | Horror | War

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Trivia

Tun Fei Mou wanted to make this movie for many years. He had an interest in doing a film about Japan's war crimes in Asia since he was making movies for Shaw Brothers in Hong Kong in the early 80s. He learned about the horrors of Japan's wartime medical experimentation while in the Mainland while making 'Zi gu ying xiong chu shao nian (1983)' a children's kung fu film called Young Heroes in English. Once Young Heroes was complete he began trying to get Man Behind the Sun made. Research was difficult because the Japanese destroyed most of their evidence and did a good job covering up 731's existence. Mou was able to access some rare American documents because his wife is an American citizen, the Shiro Ishii gave all their surviving data to General McArthur's forces in exchange for immunity. Mou tussled with the People's Republic of China's government for several years petitioning to make this film, the government did not want the film made out of fear of straining their relationship with the Japanese who they wanted as economic allies. They finally caved and gave him permission, his struggle with the government inspired the film's opening quote "Friendship is friendship, history is history". See more »

Goofs

When the leader of the soldier boys patrol command them to drop and crawl through the snow, one soldier can be seen already dropped before he is even told to do so. 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 »

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Disturbing. Mostly because it's based on true events
21 February 1999 | by JappyBoySee all my reviews

This is one of THE most disturbing movies I've seen. The thing that disturbed me the most was that it was based on the events of Squadron 731. The human testing in the movie was well done and pretty realistic. Some scenes were campy, while others made you wanna get up and vomit. The most disgusting to me was the cat thrown in a room of thousands of hungry rats. The rats tore the cat apart, and it was with real a real cat and real rats! No effects! Nonetheless, it was a good movie with a good story. Definitely don't plan to watch this movie with the family (or the cat) after Sunday dinner.


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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