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Men Behind the Sun (1988)

Hei tai yang 731 (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History, Horror | March 1989 (USA)
Japanese troops round up Chinese and Russian prisoners of war and take them to a place called Squadron 731, where they are grotesquely tortured and experimented on to test new biological weapons.

Director:

Tun Fei Mou (as T.F. Mous)

Writers:

Mei Liu (as Mei Fei Liu), Wen Yuan Mou | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jianxin Chen Jianxin Chen
Hsu Gou Hsu Gou
Linjie Hao Linjie Hao
Haizhe Jin Haizhe Jin
Tie Long Jin Tie Long Jin
Yuanrong Jin Yuanrong Jin
Bolin Li Bolin Li
Pengyu Liu Pengyu Liu
Xuhui Liu Xuhui Liu
Zhaohua Mei Zhaohua Mei ... (as Zhao Hua Mei)
Zhe Quan Zhe Quan
Jiefu Tian Jiefu Tian
Gang Wang ... Lt. Gen. Shiro Ishii
Runshen Wang Runshen Wang ... (as Run Shen Wang)
Shennin Wang Shennin Wang
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Story of a Japanese terror camp in the end of WW2, where the Japanese are using the Chinese as guinea pigs in terrible experiments to develop deadly bacterial-plagues. Written by Tobias Broljung <larry@algonet.se>

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Drama | History | Horror | War

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Squadron 731 See more »

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Runtime:

| (cut) | (World Video release) | (Dead Alive Productions release)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There was no special effects industry in China when this film was made so many of the special effects in the film were done with real cadavers which director Tun Fei Mou was able to obtain through connections of his. The frostbite experiment victim's arms were real corpse arms and the child's body was a real cadaver. Mou waited for a whole month to find a body the same size as the child playing the role. He was almost ready to give up when the local police called him telling him that a child had been killed in an accident. He got permission from the parents and filmed the child's autopsy, dressing the coroners up like WWII-era Japanese doctors. The close ups of the child's organs being removed were done by dissecting a pig. See more »

Goofs

When the leader of the soldier boys patrol command them to drop and crawl through the snow, one soldier can be seen already dropped before he is even told to do so. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Shiro Ishii: A small rat can beat a cat. Fleas and germs can defeat bombers and guns. This is... the basic theory behind Squadron 731. It is also my philosophy.
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Alternate Versions

The UK version was cut by 2 minutes by the BBFC to remove a scene where a cat is thrown into a room full of live rats and then killed by them, and to edit shots of rats on fire. Despite the film's graphic violence it received no further BBFC cuts, possibly because the video was given a limited UK release and sold only through Chinese video stores. See more »

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The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore…
30 July 2006 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Pretty much everything they say about this movie is true... It's sick, unnameable cruel and shocking, but also unforgettable and quite impressive. "Men Behind the Sun" is not just another wannabe-controversial Asian horror movie, but a devastatingly graphic and accurate history lesson that mostly became controversial due to a handful of notorious scenes. The events take place during the final months of WWII in a Japanese prisoners' camp. The Japanese, allied with the Germans, are slowly but surely losing the War and one General and a couple scientists believe it's up to them to turn the tide by experimenting with bacterial weapons and recruiting young boys to fight for their country. In the middle of their heavy training schedule, these boys are forced to witness some of the most inhumanly sadistic and repulsive experiments ever. The victims are ordinary Chinese and Russian citizens – men as well as women and newborn children - that were captured during battle & held prisoner in lamentable conditions. I'm really not going to debate how "real" the footage of these experiments is (the human cadavers are believed to be real and also the animals-sequences look suspiciously real), so I'll just confirm they're highly disturbing and, in case you're just a little squeamish, stay as far away from this movie as you can! Nevertheless, "Men Behind the Sun" remains one of the absolute greatest Asian shock-productions ever! The acting performances are really convincing, T.F.Mous' directing is solid & professional and the locations and scenery appear to be genuine. The emotions you experience whilst watching this movie are almost indescribable. How are you supposed to behave when observing the detailed autopsy of a defenseless little child? Not even to mention the utterly gruesome experiment in the decompression chamber? Does this make you a sick voyeur yourself or is it actually necessary to see this in order to acknowledge the factual horrors of war and reassure yourself that this may never happen again? Any movie able to provoke these kind of thoughts in your head is a milestone of cinema and nothing short of a masterpiece.


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