Nobi

野火 - Nobi

DVD - 2007 | Japanese
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"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"--Container.
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] :, Criterion Collection,, ©2007.
ISBN: 9781934121283
1934121282
Branch Call Number: DVD FICTION FIR
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
NTSC,rda
digital,optical,mono,Dolby Digital,rda
1 videodisc (104 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (17 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm).
Additional Contributors (Original Script): 大岡昇平
芥川也寸志
滝沢修

市川崑
和田夏十
永田雅一

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lantz45
Mar 31, 2017

A Omniscient - excellent film - if you only watch one Japanese film ever - see this one - the character transformation is amazing - the subject matter is abhorrent - vile - honest - yet completely believable - and sympathetic - being beautifully filmed in B&W - just adds to the timelessness!

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JOSEPH DENHAM
Feb 19, 2014

This unforgettable anti-war movie is chillingly realistic.

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akirakato
Jan 16, 2013

"Fires on the Plain (野火)" is a 1959 Japanese war film directed by Kon Ichikawa(市川崑), starring Eiji Funakoshi(船越英二).
The screenplay, written by, Natto Wada(和田夏十: the director's wife), is based on the novel Nobi (published in 1951) by Shohei Ooka (大岡昇平), translated as "Fires on the Plain."
It initially received mixed reviews from both Japanese and international critics concerning its violence, cannibalism and bleak theme, but now this film is generally well regarded.
The DVD includes interviews with Donald Richie (a renowned Japanese-film historian), Micky Curtis (who plays as one of three main soldiers) as well as Kon Ichikawa.
Funakoshi didn't eat for two weeks to prepare for his role as a starving soldier and collapsed during the filming.
He was immediately transferred to a nearby hospital.
The director told him not to take it too seriously and said, "Play a starved soldier by way of acting, not by really being starved."

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