In the spring of 1935, Japan established a secret base, Unit 731 in Manchuria, where many innocent Chinese, Korean and Mongolian people were killed in grotesque experiments. An idealistic ... See full summary »
Late at night, a woman is kidnapped by an unknown assailant and taken back to his blood-spattered dungeon, where he turns her into a "flower of blood and flesh" through a series of dismemberment and evisceration.
During the shut down and destruction of the Japanese test camp Squadron 731 in Manchuria, a soldier becomes infected with a virus developed during the camp's testing and risks spreading it into Japan on the train ride home.
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 <email@example.com>
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 »
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 »
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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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 »
Disturbing. Mostly because it's based on true events
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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