4.3/10
122
8 user 3 critic

Japanese Devils (2001)

Riben guizi (original title)
A documentary recording the testimony of fourteen former Japanese soldiers as they recount atrocities and war crimes committed during the Second World War, including the infamous Unit 731 ... See full summary »

Director:

Minoru Matsui

Writer:

Minoru Matsui (screenplay)
Reviews
1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Yoshio Tsuchiya Yoshio Tsuchiya ... Self / Former 2nd Lieutenant, MP / Witness #1
Hakudo Nagatomi Hakudo Nagatomi ... Self / Former Sergeant, Army / Witness #2
Yoshio Shinozuka Yoshio Shinozuka ... Self / Former Corporal, Army / Witness #3
Taisuke Funyu Taisuke Funyu ... Self / Former Sergeant Major, Army / Witness #4
Tsuyoshi Ebato Tsuyoshi Ebato ... Self / Former Sergeant, Army / Witness #5
Masao Shikada Masao Shikada ... Self / Former 2nd Lieutenant, Army / Witness #6
Yoshio Suzuki Yoshio Suzuki ... Self / Former Sergeant Major, Army / Witness #7
Yasuji Kaneko Yasuji Kaneko ... Self / Former Corporal, Army / Witness #8
Masayo Enomoto Masayo Enomoto ... Self / Former Sergeant Major, Army / Witness #9
Ken Yuasa Ken Yuasa ... Self / Former 1st Lieutenant, Army Medical Corps / Witness #10
Ichirô Kôyama Ichirô Kôyama ... Self / Former Sergeant, Army / Witness #11
Shôzô Tominaga Shôzô Tominaga ... Self / Former 1st Lieutenant, Army / Witness #12
Tetsuji Kubota Tetsuji Kubota ... Self / Former Sergeant Major, Army / Witness #13
Takeshi Kobayashi Takeshi Kobayashi ... Self / Former Private 1st Class, Army / Witness #14
Edit

Storyline

A documentary recording the testimony of fourteen former Japanese soldiers as they recount atrocities and war crimes committed during the Second World War, including the infamous Unit 731 medical experimentation group. Having been trained by their country to be nothing but killers, the soldiers claim to have become morally numb and unable to see non-Japanese as even human. Perhaps feeling some remorse for what they have done, they now choose to tell their stories for the world to hear. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary | War

Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film screened at the 2001 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). See more »

User Reviews

 
Difficult, but compelling...
8 September 2003 | by mcnallySee all my reviews

I saw this film at the 2001 Toronto International Film Festival.

The film was almost three hours long, but compelling all the way through. This documentary features the confessions of 14 Japanese soldiers, detailing their atrocities against the Chinese in the war that Japan waged for most of the thirties and forties. At times hard to listen to, it was nonetheless an exercise in bravery for these men to speak out when the overwhelming majority of soldiers did not. A deeply difficult film to get made and shown in Japan. (8/10)


13 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 December 2001 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Confessions of Imperial Army Soldiers from Japan's War Against China See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Directors System Co. See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Everything That's New on Netflix in December

No need to waste time endlessly browsing—here's the entire lineup of new movies and TV shows streaming on Netflix this month.

See the full list



Recently Viewed