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Japan, 2010 (MIFF 2010, Neighbourhood Watch)

Director: Kôji Wakamatsu

“This masterpiece has the blunt force of a tank rolling over naked flesh.” - Hollywood Reporter

When Lieutenant Kyuzo Kurokawa returns home from WWII a hero - minus his four limbs - he is praised as a ‘god of war' in his village, a true patriot who made a worthy sacrifice for his country. But for his wife (Shinobu Terajima), to whose care he is now entrusted, memories of past treatment at his hands sees her stage her own version of a hero's welcome.

Maverick filmmaker Koji Wakamatsu's follow-up to United Red Army (MIFF 2009) is a searing critique of Japanese nationalism.

Shinobu Terajima's contained performance was recognised with a Silver Berlin Bear Award for best actress at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival.

D/P Kôji Wakamatsu S Hisako Kurosawa, Deru Deguchi WS Dissidenz International L Japanese w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2010

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UNITED RED ARMY

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2009
“From breathless history lesson to grueling chamber piece to tense action thriller.” - New York Times ... One of Japan's most controversial filmmakers, Koji Wakamatsu (Ecstasy of the Angels and R… More »

RED ARMY/PFLP: DECLARATION OF WAR

Japan, 1971
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