Fires on the plain

Fires on the plain

DVD - 2007 | Japanese
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In this Japanese anti-war film, acts of cannibalism bring home the terrifying brutality of war. Japanese troops are in retreat in the Philippines. Supplies run out and discipline crumbles.
Publisher: [New York] : Janus Films : Criterion Collection [distributor], [2007]
Edition: Special ed
ISBN: 9781934121283
1934121282
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (105 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Nobi

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lantz45
Mar 31, 2017

A Omniscient - excellent film - if you only watch one Japanese film ever - see this one - the character transformation is amazing - the subject matter is abhorrent - vile - honest - yet completely believable - and sympathetic - being beautifully filmed in B&W - just adds to the timelessness!

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JOSEPH DENHAM
Feb 19, 2014

This unforgettable anti-war movie is chillingly realistic.

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akirakato
Jan 16, 2013

"Fires on the Plain (野火)" is a 1959 Japanese war film directed by Kon Ichikawa(市川崑), starring Eiji Funakoshi(船越英二).
The screenplay, written by, Natto Wada(和田夏十: the director's wife), is based on the novel Nobi (published in 1951) by Shohei Ooka (大岡昇平), translated as "Fires on the Plain."
It initially received mixed reviews from both Japanese and international critics concerning its violence, cannibalism and bleak theme, but now this film is generally well regarded.
The DVD includes interviews with Donald Richie (a renowned Japanese-film historian), Micky Curtis (who plays as one of three main soldiers) as well as Kon Ichikawa.
Funakoshi didn't eat for two weeks to prepare for his role as a starving soldier and collapsed during the filming.
He was immediately transferred to a nearby hospital.
The director told him not to take it too seriously and said, "Play a starved soldier by way of acting, not by really being starved."

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