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also known as Yukiyukite shingun

The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On1987

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  • 4.5
THE EMPEROR'S NAKED ARMY MARCHES ON is a brilliant exploration of memory and war guilt, a subject often ignored in modern Japan. In this controversial documentary, Kazuo Hara follows Kenzo Okuzaki in his real-life struggle against Emperor Hirohito. He proudly declares that he shot BBs at the Royal Palace, distributed pornographic images of the Emperor, and once killed a man for the sake of his strange crusade. As the film progresses, Okuzaki reveals a gruesome mystery: why were some Japanese officers killing their own soldiers during WWII?

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"...one of the most harrowing, astonishing documentaries about war ever thrown onto celluloid." - Ed Halter, the Village Voice


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What is it about this driven man that fascinates? Is it his mad quest for truth or world peace or his devotion to violence in pursuit of the first two items? At the end of the movie, we are not sure whether Okuzaki is insane or a man with courage to pursue the truth no matter what the consequences. If he is the latter, then we are all shamed by our own unwillingness to face unpleasant truths.

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What is it about this driven man that fascinates? Is it his mad quest for truth or world peace or his devotion to violence in pursuit of the first two items? At the end of the movie, we are not sure whether Okuzaki is insane or a man with courage to pursue the truth no matter what the consequences. If he is the latter, then we are all shamed by our own unwillingness to face unpleasant truths.

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Worth viewing if difficult as art.

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Completely baffling experience that seemingly implicates the audience in the possibly mad, ethically questionable, noble quest of its violent protagonist. A tragicomic masterpiece of documentary filmmaking.

We loved it. I want a 10 a million out of five. the best thing i've seen, i wish it was four hours instead of two. we're sorry we kicked yus.

The talking is much to fast and I don`t comprehend it even with the words translated.