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Fires on the Plain (1959)

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Original title: Nobi

Running Time
1 hour, 48 minutes

Country Japan

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• Nobi
• Fires on the Plain
• Fire on the Plains (1961)

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Genre: War, Drama, Suspense, Military, World War II, Cannibals

Plot: Director Kon Ichikawa's adaptation of Shohei Ooka's gruesome antiwar novel NOBI is a disturbingly bleak vision of war as the descent of men to the level of beasts. Set on the Philippine island of Leyte in 1945 as the fragmentary remains of the Japanese army engage in a swift retreat from advancing Allied forces, the film stars Eiji Funakoshi as Tamura, a tubercular Japanese soldier struggling to survive. Denied a billet by his squad or a bed by the hospital because of his lack of a food ration, he wanders the island plain, like many of his comrades, foraging desperately for food. At an empty village where wild dogs roam the streets, he opens a church door that disgorges a river of corpses. After killing one of the wild dogs that roams the streets feasting on the carnage, the soldier meets a couple that has returned to the area to recover a cache of salt, a precious commodity. When the woman begins screaming insanely at him, Tamura panics and shoots her, continuing to fire wildly at her fleeing husband while seizing the sackful of salt. Tamura then heads into a wooded area where even greater horror awaits. Funakoshi gives a hauntingly brilliant performance in a film whose relentless depiction of the effects of war is only occasionally relieved by Ichikawa's characteristic black

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 Directed by
Kon Ichikawa
Biruma no tategoto, Dora-heita, Eiga joyu
 Written by
Natto Wada
Biruma no tategoto
Mickey Curtis
Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku no tobira, Izo, Gokudô sengokushi: Fudô
Eiji Funakoshi
Môjuu, Manji, Senba zuru
Jun Hamamura
Mr. Baseball, Biruma no tategoto, Seishun zankoku monogatari
Yuzo Hayakawa
Seisaku no tsuma
Hikaru Hoshi
Tatsuya Ishiguro
Jigokumon, Yôkihi, Chikamatsu monogatari
 Music By
Yasushi Akutagawa
Jigokumon, Jiken, Yatsu haka-mura

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