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Gunki hatameku motoni (1972)

One woman's search to find the truth about her husband's death in World War II.

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Kinji Fukasaku
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tetsurô Tanba ... Sergeant Katsuo Togashi
Sachiko Hidari ... Sakie Togashi
Shinjirô Ebara Shinjirô Ebara ... (as Shinjirô Ehara)
Isao Natsuyagi
Sanae Nakahara Sanae Nakahara ... Mrs. Ochi
Yumiko Fujita Yumiko Fujita ... Sakie's daughter
Noboru Mitani Noboru Mitani ... Pvt. Tsuguo Terajima
Taketoshi Naitô Taketoshi Naitô
Kôichi Yamamoto Kôichi Yamamoto
Paul Maki Paul Maki
Mugihito Mugihito
Shônosuke Ichikawa Shônosuke Ichikawa
Hachizô Fujikawa Hachizô Fujikawa
Sakae Umezu
Harukazu Kitami Harukazu Kitami
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Storyline

Twenty six years after the execution of her soldier husband on the dying days of World War II the widow is still searching for the truth by meeting with, questioning and interviewing the dead man's comrades, companions and executioner. The stories retold are one part of the reason why war is as bad as has been said. The state and existence of the survivors is another witness to the dangers of war and warmongers. Written by aghaemi

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Drama | Mystery | War

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

12 March 1972 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Under the Fluttering Military Flag See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Director Kinji Fukasaku used his own money to buy the film rights to the novel. See more »

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Pvt. Tsuguo Terajima: I ate a man ... a man. But the world didn't change.
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Kinji Fukasaku's excellent WW2 film
10 November 2014 | by mevmijaumauSee all my reviews

Under the Flag of the Rising Sun is one of those Japanese movies about WW2 that harshly critique militarism, war atrocities and the mindset of the people involved in it. It was produced independently by Fukasaku and based on the novel by Shoji Yuki, and tells the story of a widow trying to piece together the puzzle of her soldier husband's death on the front.

The filming style here is really something to behold. There are many war flashbacks that alternate from color to black and white, normal image to inverted colors, still stock images to live action scenes that often accentuate their shots as still pictures themselves and slow motion scenes of excessive violence among soldiers. Most of this is set to a dramatic orchestral soundtrack, often combined with Dutch angles and Fukasaku's trademark shaky cam. Connecting flashbacks with present time is also common, like in the scene where the retired veteran takes a walk with his granddaughter, and meets two characters, one in the flashback, the other in present time, the change between two times being accompanied by the change from monochrome to color.

The acting is very believable and adds to the strong atmosphere of the movie (fun fact - this is the second time actor Noboru Mitani has to play a poor man living in a garbage-filled shanty, the first time is in Dodes'ka-den). Like most post-war Japanese films that tell about the war itself, it's very solemn, dark and with a negative portrayal of, name it, the government, the Emperor, the soldiers, the post-war society refusing to care about the veterans, and of the horrors of war in general.


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