The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On (1988)
DVD5 | ISO | NTSC 4:3 | 02:01:06 | 3,27 Gb
Audio: Japanese AC3 2.0 @ 192 Kbps | Subs: English
Genre: Documentary, War
For those despairing over the docile nature of today's documentaries, here's a nasty little piece of work that's both shocking and heroic in its audacity. Japanese citizen and World War II veteran Kenzo Okuzaki, who was in his mid-60s during filming, tracks down several former military officers. Through force of will and sheer badgering he manages to lure bits of truth out of rumors of wartime atrocities. Most of these revolve around the act of slaying and cannibalizing other soldiers, due to the severe lack of food in Japan's wartime New Guinea campaign. Okuzaki is not above physical violence and doesn't fear the authorities; truth is all that matters to him. Kazuo Hara directs from the sidelines, without asking any questions or intruding, allowing Okuzaki to run the show. The late, great Shohei Imamura was a producer. Okuzaki passed away in 2005.