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The Human Bullet (1968)

Nikudan (original title)
During World War II, a Japanese soldier finds himself assigned to a kamikaze mission against a U.S. battleship.

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Kihachi Okamoto

Writer:

Kihachi Okamoto
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Credited cast:
Minori Terada Minori Terada ... Him
Naoko Ôtani Naoko Ôtani ... The Girl
Yûnosuke Itô Yûnosuke Itô ... Skipper
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shinsuke Achiwa Shinsuke Achiwa
Hideyo Amamoto ... Father of Him
Masumi Harukawa Masumi Harukawa
Hiroshi Hasegawa Hiroshi Hasegawa
Masao Imafuku Masao Imafuku
Tanie Kitabayashi Tanie Kitabayashi
Noriko Mihashi Noriko Mihashi
Sue Mitobe Sue Mitobe
Hiroko Mutô Hiroko Mutô
Tatsuya Nakadai ... A narrator
Ichirô Nakatani
Shôichi Ozawa Shôichi Ozawa
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During World War II, a Japanese soldier finds himself assigned to a kamikaze mission against a U.S. battleship.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

12 October 1968 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Emberi torpedó See more »

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A brilliant anti-war satire
9 May 2001 | by squizzixSee all my reviews

It's a shame this movie can't be found on home video. See it if you get a chance. It was distributed in the U.S. under the name "The Human Bullet," and tells the story of a Japanese soldier in WWII who eventually finds himself launched on a kamakazi mission against a U.S. ship.

The free spirit of 1968 is very much evident in the film as, for example, our hero's blathering superiors are compared to an endlessly skipping vinyl LP. A funny savaging of the dehumanization of wartime and the military in general.


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