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Maruta 2: Laboratory of the Devil (1992)

Hei tai yang 731 xu ji zhi sha ren gong chang (original title)
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 »

Director:

Godfrey Ho

Writer:

Sai-Yin Fong (as Simon Fong)
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Credited cast:
Yishou Jiang Yishou Jiang
Yuen-Ching Leung
Xingqiang Li Xingqiang Li
Dingyao Liu Dingyao Liu
Man Ying Wan Man Ying Wan ... (as Wan Ying Ying)
Gang Wang
Runshen Wang Runshen Wang
Ge Xu Ge Xu
Andrew Yu Andrew Yu
Guowen Zhang Guowen Zhang
Decheng Zhu Decheng Zhu
Gong Zhu Gong Zhu
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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 young doctor , Morishima, is horrified by the experiments being performed in the camp and when his fiancée arrives disguised as a Chinese prisoner he sets out to liberate the camp. A docudrama sequel to the notorious Men Behind the Sun, which pulls no punches when it comes to delivering the shocks! Written by <jonas.urve@mailbox.swipnet.se>

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No cuts. More guts. The film they tried to ban!

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Drama | Horror | War

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The uncut version was originally refused classification by the OFLC in Australia in September of 1992. One month later, the film was resubmitted, only heavily cut. It received an R18+ rating for cinema release, but when the heavily cut version was resubmitted for a video rating in 1994, it was again refused classification and banned in Australia, even though the same print was given a cinema rating. Finally, in 2004, the film was resubmitted and received an R18+ rating for the original uncut print on video. See more »

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Followed by Maruta 3 ... Destroy all Evidence (1994) See more »

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It has got guts...literally
5 November 2004 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Even though I swore to myself I would never lay eyes again on 'Men behind the Sun' or any of its sequels, I am now reviewing part 2. Go figure! I guess the call of the extremes just was too irresistible. At least now I clearly recall why I took this pledge…. These films are almost unbearable. The 'Men behind the Sun' franchise might as well be the most controversial and shocking series of films ever made (maybe a tie with the 'Guinea Pig' series, though) and handles about despicably explicit experiments performed on prisoners in a Japanese army base during WWII. These unfriendly Japs are developing germ-bombs to disable their enemies and a whole lot of other sick stuff involving nitroglycerine etc… There's an ultra-thin wraparound story about a young soldier who's sent to serve in the camp against his will but that's of minor importance. This second chapter is less repulsive than the original, but still contains more than enough sequences to make your stomach turn. Luckily the make-up effects are often cheesy and unquestionably fake. The acting is weak and the directing (by Hong Kong B-movie legend Ho) is atrocious. This is a film without any values. The only reason why it is made is because the DVD looks good in a cult-collection like mine.


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Country:

Hong Kong | China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

10 July 1992 (Hong Kong) See more »

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