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Fires On The Plain Review


Excellent
A follow-up to his masterful and memorable Burmese Harp, Kon Ichikawa's Fires on the Plain is another searing anti-war exercise that makes its point simply by showing the suffering and degradation of Japanese soldiers abandoned and left to their own devices in the Philippines as World War II winds down.

Tubercular soldier Tamura (Eiji Funakoshi) has been sent away from his small unit to seek care at a field hospital with orders to kill himself rather than return in his sick condition. Along the way, he's spooked by columns of smoke rising from the jungle, fires he fears may be tended by American soldiers or Filipino guerrillas. Eventually he finds the hospital, or rather the thatched hut that serves as a last stop for many dying soldiers who obsess over finding just one more yam to eat. When an air raid blasts the place to smithereens, Tamura steps through the corpses to look for salt and yams himself.

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Kaidan Review


Good
Kaidan is the kind of film that washes over you without much worry for whether or not you're following its story. And considering the movie is based on four simplistic short stories/fairy tales (of Japanese origin -- I do not know how "classic" the stories are in Japanese culture), you probably won't care one whit whether the samurai returns to his true love after divorcing her to marry a rich woman, or whether a woodcutter breaks his promise not to tell other people about a snow spirit.

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