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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
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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