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Under the Flag of the Rising Sun (1972)

Gunki hatameku motoni (original title)
One woman's search to find the truth about her husband's death in World War II.

Director:

Kinji Fukasaku
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tetsurô Tanba ... Sergeant Katsuo Togashi
Sachiko Hidari ... Sakie Togashi
Shinjirô Ebara Shinjirô Ebara ... (as Shinjirô Ehara)
Isao Natsuyagi
Sanae Nakahara Sanae Nakahara ... Mrs. Ochi
Yumiko Fujita Yumiko Fujita ... Sakie's daughter
Noboru Mitani Noboru Mitani ... Pvt. Tsuguo Terajima
Taketoshi Naitô Taketoshi Naitô
Kôichi Yamamoto Kôichi Yamamoto
Paul Maki Paul Maki
Mugihito Mugihito
Shônosuke Ichikawa Shônosuke Ichikawa
Hachizô Fujikawa Hachizô Fujikawa
Sakae Umezu
Harukazu Kitami Harukazu Kitami
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Twenty six years after the execution of her soldier husband on the dying days of World War II the widow is still searching for the truth by meeting with, questioning and interviewing the dead man's comrades, companions and executioner. The stories retold are one part of the reason why war is as bad as has been said. The state and existence of the survivors is another witness to the dangers of war and warmongers. Written by aghaemi

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Drama | Mystery | War

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

12 March 1972 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Under the Fluttering Military Flag See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Official submission of Japan for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 45th Academy Awards in 1973. See more »

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Quotes

Sergeant Katsuo Togashi: There is no winning in dying.
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Incredibly honest portrait of homosapien behavior
15 November 2005 | by fertilecelluloidSee all my reviews

Searing indictment of war and the individuals discredited in its aftermath. Directed by the masterful Kinji Fukasaku, it is a harsh, bleak work that uses monochrome flashbacks with occasional explosions of color, war photographs, and grim narration to tell a terrible tale.

Sachiko Hidari, a war widow, has spent twenty-six years searching for the truth about her husband's death. Was he executed? Was he a deserter? Was he a hero? As the government adheres to an official, flawed version of events, the stubborn woman seeks her own answers by speaking to the men who served with her husband. The stories told by these damaged soldiers comprise the bulk of the movie and accounts are complicated by each man's "truth".

Exceptionally well acted and directed with a savage determination to depict the insanity of war in its rawest state, this is surely one of Fukasaku's greatest achievements and certainly one of the most honest portraits of homosapien behavior ever branded to celluloid.


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