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Philosophy of a Knife (2008)

Not Rated | | Drama , Horror | Video 8 July 2008
The true history of Japanese Unit 731, from its beginnings in the 1930s to its demise in 1945, and the subsequent trials in Khabarovsk, USSR, of many of the Japanese doctors from Unit 731. ... See full summary »

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Andrey Iskanov

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Andrey Iskanov
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tetsuro Sakagami Tetsuro Sakagami ... The Officer #1
Tomoya Okamoto Tomoya Okamoto ... The Officer #2
Yukari Fujimoto Yukari Fujimoto ... The Female Nurse #1
Manoush Manoush ... The Female Nurse #1 (voice)
Yumiko Fujiwara Yumiko Fujiwara ... The Female Nurse #2
Masaki Kitagava Masaki Kitagava ... The Female Nurse #3
Reiko Niakawa Reiko Niakawa ... The Female Nurse #4
Elena Romanova Probatova Elena Romanova Probatova ... The Favorite Girl (as Elena Probatova)
Tatyana Kopeykina Tatyana Kopeykina ... The Blond Girl with Toy Bear
Veronika Leonova Veronika Leonova ... The Brunette Girl
Irina Nikitina Irina Nikitina ... The Pregnant Girl
Dmitriy Skripnik Dmitriy Skripnik ... The Captured Airplane Pilot
Alyona Strebkova Alyona Strebkova ... The Dental Torture Girl
Vladimir Volodin Vladimir Volodin ... The Syphilis Experiment Man
Irina Zenkina Irina Zenkina ... The Syphilis Experiment Girl
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The true history of Japanese Unit 731, from its beginnings in the 1930s to its demise in 1945, and the subsequent trials in Khabarovsk, USSR, of many of the Japanese doctors from Unit 731. The facts are told, and previously unknown evidence is revealed by an eyewitness to these events, former doctor and military translator, Anatoly Protasov. Part documentary and part feature, the story is shown from the perspective of a young Japanese nurse who witnessed many of horrors, and a young Japanese officer who is torn between his sincere convictions that he is serving the greater purpose, and the deep sympathy he feels for an imprisoned Russian girl. His life is a living hell as he's compelled to carry out atrocious experiments on the other prisoners, using them as guinea pigs in this shocking tale of mankind's barbarity. "Philosophy of a Knife" is truly one of the most violent, brutal and harrowing movies ever made. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

God created heaven, man created hell

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Russia | USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

8 July 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Egy kés filozófiája See more »

Filming Locations:

Khabarovsk, Russia

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Production Co:

Unearthed Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Unrated Director's Cut)

Sound Mix:

Stereo
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The film contains about 13,000 special sound effects most part of which is never used twice. See more »

Soundtracks

Forgive Me
Lyrics by Andrey Iskanov
Music by Alexander Shevchenko
Performed by Alexander Shevchenko (feat. Manoush)
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An Astounding Masterpiece!
29 August 2008 | by headtrauma420-1See all my reviews

As soon as I heard about this film I snagged a copy and watched it in all it's atrocious glory! I love Iskanov's work and I knew that he would do an incredible job with this subject.

I had seen other films about Unit 731 and had been unimpressed. They always seemed to come off campy or simply lacked the seriousness of the subject. Iskanov's film does the subject justice and then some (but the film is not overdone...all 4-1/2 hours of it).In fact Iskanov captures the true horror of it all by simply reducing it to what it is...torture. Iskanov, although known for his visual sensory overload (in a good way), shows the restraint and control of a world-class director.

There aren't a whole lot of films made about the atrocities of Japanese unit 731 and this one is not likely to be topped.

Watch this film with caution as it will change your life, if even just slightly.


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