Browning Cinema

The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On (1987)

Tuesday, November 15, 2022
The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On (1987) Learning Beyond the Classics
Learning Beyond the Classics Documentary: Fact or Fiction?
Directed by Kazuo Hara
With Kenzo Okuzaki, Riichi Aikawa, Masaichi Hamaguchi
Not Rated, 122 minutes, Blu-Ray
In Japanese with English subtitles.

Made with a righteous political anger that anticipates the incendiary polemics of documentarians such as Michael Moore and Joshua Oppenheimer, Kazuo Hara's most renowned film is a harrowing confrontation with one of Japanese history's darkest chapters: the atrocities committed by the country's military during World War II.

Hara's unforgettable subject and collaborator in The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On is Kenzo Okuzaki — a former soldier, convicted murderer, and defiantly anti-establishment agitator — who has made it his life's mission to expose the crimes committed by Japanese officers against their own men while stationed in New Guinea.

As the often-violent Okuzaki resorts to extreme measures in his crusade to find out the truth about what happened to two soldiers murdered by their commanders, what emerges is at once a shocking piece of investigative journalism, a courageous condemnation of militarism and blind obedience, and a riveting portrait of a single-minded man driven by a raw fury bordering on madness.



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