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Fires on the Plain [1959 film]

by Kon Ichikawa

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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.
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In February 1945, the demoralized Imperial Japanese Army on Leyte is in desperate straits, cut off from support and supplies by the Allies, who are in the process of liberating the Philippine island. Private Tamura has tuberculosis and is seen as a useless burden to his company, even though it has been reduced to little more than a platoon in strength. He is ordered to commit suicide if he is unable to get admitted to a field hospital. A sympathetic soldier gives him several yams from the unit's meager supplies. (fonte: Wikipedia)
  MemorialeSardoShoah | Aug 22, 2020 |
Nei giorni finali della seconda guerra mondiale i resti dell'esercito giapponese a Leyte vengono abbandonati dal loro comando e affrontano una certa fame.
  MemorialSardoShoahDL | Jun 7, 2018 |
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If Dostoyevsky had been a film maker telling his Grand Inquisitor story with a camera, it might have been much like this great visual demonstration that men are not brothers. Fires on the Plain is an obsessive, relentless cry of passion and disgust. The subject is modern man as a cannibal, and after a few minutes of Fires on the Plain, this subject does not seem at all strange or bizarre: it seems, rather, to be basic. When violence is carried to the extremes of modern war, cannibalism may appear to be the ultimate truth.
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