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Caterpillar (2010)

Kyatapirâ (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 6 May 2011 (USA)
During the Second Sino-Japanese War, in 1940, Lieutenant Kurokawa returns home as a honored and decorated soldier... but deprived of his arms and legs lost in battle in mainland China. All ... See full summary »

Director:

Kôji Wakamatsu

Writers:

Hisako Kurosawa (screenplay), Masao Adachi (screenplay) (as Izuru Deguchi) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Shinobu Terajima ... Shigeko Kurokawa
Keigo Kasuya Keigo Kasuya ... Tadashi Kurokawa
Emi Masuda Emi Masuda ... Chiyo Kurokawa
Sabu Kawahara Sabu Kawahara ... The Village Chief
Maki Ishikawa Maki Ishikawa ... Village chief's wife
Gô Jibiki Gô Jibiki ... Military officer #1
Arata Iura Arata Iura ... Military officer #2 (as Arata)
Katsuyuki Shinohara Katsuyuki Shinohara ... Kuma
Daisuke Iijima Daisuke Iijima ... Commander
Ichirô Ogura Ichirô Ogura ... Announcer
Sanshirô Kobayashi Sanshirô Kobayashi ... Village man #1
Mariko Terada Mariko Terada ... Chinese woman #2
Ken Furusawa Ken Furusawa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tomori Abe Tomori Abe ... Chinese woman1
Shima Ohnishi Shima Ohnishi
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Storyline

During the Second Sino-Japanese War, in 1940, Lieutenant Kurokawa returns home as a honored and decorated soldier... but deprived of his arms and legs lost in battle in mainland China. All hopes, from the village men and women to close family members, turn to Shigeko, the Lieutenant's wife: she must honor the Emperor and the country in setting an example for all by fulfilling her duty and taking care of the 'god soldier'... Written by Dissidenz International

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Taglines:

Sex-with-wife-on-top See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [France]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

6 May 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caterpillar See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$120,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,109, 8 May 2011

Gross USA:

$2,109
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Goofs

Kurokawa is a 2nd Lieutenant and correctly called such "Shoi" throughout the film, but his uniform consistently displays the rank of a Major or "Shosa". On the lapel insignia, a 2nd Lieutenant would have 2 red strips and one star, not 3 red strips and one star as shown in the film. See more »

Soundtracks

Dead Girl
Lyrics by Nazim Hikmet
Composed by Yuzô Koyama
Produced by Ryuichi Sakamoto
Sung by Chitose Hajime
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Powerful Performance from Shinobu Terajima
5 February 2017 | by pdmc-23460See all my reviews

Koji Wakamatsu's anti-war film Catepillar (2010) is notable for it's strong anti-nationalism stance and Shinobu Terajima's powerful performance as a long suffering wife dealt a poor hand in life (one in which she won an acting award at the Berlin Film Festival). Her husband is returned from war, as a "God of War" with decorations, without limbs, the ability to speak or hear. Her role as a good wife of a soldier of the Emperor's is to take good care of him-a thankless task for a man who only eats, sleeps, and demands sex from his wife. Furthermore, we learn that he was an abusive husband and has committed atrocities in the war in China. Wakamatsu is a member of that older generation and has an ax to grind-one that the nationalists of today wouldn't be so happy about either. It's a difficult film to watch, but perhaps necessary since most of the new generations are unaware or unbelieving of the atrocities committed at war by the Japanese in the name of the emperor due to whitewashing to history textbooks in schools.


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