Caterpillar

Caterpillar

DVD - 2012 | Japanese
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Kurokawa Kyūzō returns home as a living war god with a decoration from the Sino-Japanese war in 1944. But the war also deprived him of all four limbs, voice, and hearing. Shigeko, Kyūzō's wife, devotes herself to taking care of him everyday. However, as the war starts waning, things start to change.

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akirakato
Aug 04, 2016

This is a 2010 Japanese war drama directed by Kōji Wakamatsu (若松孝二), partially based on Edogawa Rampo (江戸川乱歩)'s banned short-story "The Caterpillar."
The film deals with various issues such as war crimes, handicapped veterans and spousal abuse as well as sexual perversion with graphic sex scenes.
At heart it is a powerful indictment of war in general---Japan's militaristic past in particular.
It is one of the best anti-war films I've ever seen.

rdl727 Aug 15, 2012

This was a tough film to get through and I'm not easily put off by sadness or real-life injuries. (Not slasher/horror stuff--that I have no stomach for.) It was not Lt. Kurokawa's truly horrific injuries that bothered me but his character. I don't believe you were supposed to find him sympathetic. I sure didn't. I mean, you have your moments but this man was an enormously flawed and violent being before he went to war, during the war, and was a major jerk when he came home. The movie definitely shows us human nature (and how war changes us both soldiers and civilians) which was why I chose it but the lieutenant was so appalling to me I couldn't enjoy it much. It wasn't thought-provoking (for me) because I just wanted to forget it.

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