THE EMPEROR’S NAKED ARMY MARCHES ON


Title   Cast   Director   Year Shown  Other Info    Country  Notes 


Yuki Yukite Shingun

Japan, 1987, 123 min

Shown in 1988

CREDITS

dir
Kazuo Hara
prod
Sachiko Kobayashi
cam
Kazuo Hara

OTHER

source
Daguerro Press, Inc.
The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On

A brave and radical documentary, this film is about Kenzo Okuzaki, a man who cannot and will not forget the Pacific War and what happened to soldiers there. In particular, he wants to find out what happened to several young privates who were executed by the Japanese Army after the war was over. He does so by going around interviewing survivors, including those who were on the firing squad and those who gave the orders. The film is fascinating because the man is a champion for right and he is, at the same time, so given to violence that our own moral position is questioned, as viewers. Most shocking to modern sensibilities is the revelation for the reasons for execution. Starving higher officers were executing privates and other low ranks on trumped up charges in order that they could be served at table. The Emperor's Naked Army is extremely moving and in the end deeply upsetting. The picture is beautifully made, a truly controlled example of honest documentary at its best.

—Donald Richie