Fires on the Plain

Fires on the Plain is a 1959 Japanese movie about a Soldier named Tamura and his attempt to stay alive on Leyte in 1945. Kon Ichikawas classic is based on the novel “Nobi” by Shohei Ooka. Criterion released a very nice DVD of this movie well worth checking out.

The synopsis from Criterions DVD cover says it all:
An agonizing portrait of desperate Japanese soldiers stranded in a strange land during World War II, Kon Ichikawa’s Fires on the Plain is a compelling descent into psychological and physical oblivion. Denied hospital treatment for tuberculosis and cast off into the unknown, Private Tamura treks across an unfamiliar Philippine landscape, encountering an increasingly debased cross section of Imperial Army soldiers, who eventually give in to the most terrifying craving of all. Grisly yet poetic, Fires on the Plain is one of the most powerful works from one of Japanese cinema’s most versatile filmmakers.

~ by m1pencil on February 18, 2010.

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