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The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On (Blu-ray) (Digital Remaster) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) Blu-ray Region A

Okuzaki Kenzo | Hara Kazuo (Director)
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A subject of great controversy when it was released in 1987, Hara Kazuo's brilliant award-winning documentary The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On (a.k.a. Yukiyukite, Shingun) is an uncommon and unforgettable exploration of wartime guilt and postwar memories. Jolting, shocking, and cathartic, the documentary revolves around bombastically angry 62-year-old WWII veteran Okuzaki Kenzo and his aggressive, obsessive quest to address past wrongs and inner demons. During the war, Okuzaki was sent to the battlefields of New Guinea, and he was one of the few soldiers to return alive, though forever scarred by all that he had seen and done. In the ensuing years, where other veterans silently integrated back to society, leaving too much unsaid, Okuzaki lashed out in a tireless one-man tirade against the emperor. His radical crusade, which included outrageous acts like shooting pachinko balls at the emperor and even murder, landed him in prison multiple times.

Relentlessly prying at the Pandora's box, Okuzaki is on a mission to find the truth behind the deaths of two soldiers in his unit who were executed for desertion after the war's end. As he moves up and down the line of command, interrogating survivors and relatives, dashed memories and chilling stories reluctantly spill out, but offer little resolution. The camera unobtrusively follows Okuzaki who, like a man possessed, becomes increasingly volatile and violent as the journey progresses, at times forcing the answers out of veterans. By casting a calm, unjudging lens against a reckless, resentful subject, Hara Kazuo offers no easy messages with his documentary, and instead opens a platform for reflection on wartime experiences, postwar society, and the nature of memory and responsibility.

This edition comes with a booklet and special features including Hara Kazuo's audio commentary and trailers.

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Product Title: The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On (Blu-ray) (Digital Remaster) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) 祭軍魂 (Blu-ray) (英文字幕) (數碼修復版)(日本版) 祭军魂 (Blu-ray) (英文字幕) (数码修复版)(日本版) ゆきゆきて、神軍 デジタルリマスター版 (Blu-ray) The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On (Blu-ray) (Digital Remaster) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Okuzaki Kenzo 奧崎謙三 奥崎谦三 奥崎謙三 | (ドキュメンタリー) Okuzaki Kenzo
Director: Hara Kazuo 原一男 原一男 原一男 Hara Kazuo
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2021-12-03
Publisher Product Code: HPXR-1249
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
Place of Origin: Japan
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Other Information: Blu-ray
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1106972015

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
(ドキュメンタリー) / 奥崎謙三 / 原一男 (監督、撮影)

[特典情報]
封入特典:特別編集ブックレット(カラー 32P)/映像特典収録/音声特典収録

[テクニカル・インフォメーション]
デジタルリマスタリング
国内初Blu-ray化/本編122分+特典32分

知らぬ、存ぜぬは許しません! 神軍平等兵・奥崎謙三 令和の世に降臨。

■1987年、日本を震撼させた驚愕のドキュメンタリー。“神軍"の旗なびかせて、日本列島を疾駆する過激なアナーキスト・奥崎謙三。常識を超えた行動で、戦場の真実を暴く奥崎を鬼才・原一男が追う超問題作。

■今なお国内外で人々を魅了するドキュメンタリー映画の金字塔『ゆきゆきて、神軍』が、オリジナルネガフィルムから新たに制作されたデジタルリマスター版を元に国内初のBlu-ray化。
■奥崎謙三が自らを記録した映像を原一男監督が構成。限られた上映以外に視聴できなかった希少な短編『亜人間 奥崎謙三』が特典映像として、初のソフト化。
■裁判中、初めて本作を鑑賞した奥崎がキネマ旬報本誌に寄稿した記事、全文を特別編集ブックレットに掲載。
■原一男監督新録オーディオコメンタリーを収録。

■ストーリー
1982年、日本。ニューギニア戦の生き残りであり、69年に、死んだ戦友の怨念をこめて“ヤマザキ、天皇をて! "と叫んで天皇にパチンコ玉を発射した男、奥崎謙三はニューギニアの地に自分の手で埋葬した故・島本一等兵の母を訪ね、彼女をニューギニアの旅に連れていくことを約束する。
喪服の黒いスーツに正装した奥崎は、ニューギニアで亡くなった戦友達の慰霊に出発。“神軍"の旗をなびかせて、日本列島を疾駆する奥崎の街宣車。奥崎は、自分が所属した独立工兵第36連隊で、終戦後23日も経ってから“敵前逃亡"の罪で二人の兵士が射殺された事件があったことを知る。
行動を開始した奥崎は、処刑に立ち会った五人の上官をアポなしで訪問、彼らを追いつめてゆく。いったい誰が二人を“撃った"のか。さらに彼らは飢餓状況の中で人肉を食したことをも証言する。
しかし、同行していた兵士の遺族は、時には暴力も辞さない奥崎の行動から、これ以上の同行を拒否。奥崎は、自分の妻と知人に遺族の役を演じさせ、処刑の責任者である元中隊長と対決する…。

■キャスト
奥崎謙三

■スタッフ
■監督・撮影:原一男
■企画:今村昌平
■製作:小林佐智子
■録音:栗林豊彦
■効果:伊藤進一
■構成・編集:鍋島惇

■特典
■映像・音声特典(約35分)
・『亜人間 奥崎謙三』
・『予告編』(1)劇場公開時オリジナル版
・『予告編』(2)奥崎謙三生誕100周年記念夏の神軍祭り版
・原一男監督新録オーディオコメンタリー
■封入特典
・特別編集ブックレット(カラー/24ページ予定)

<Blu-ray仕様>
1987年日本
4:3[1080p Hi-Def]スタンダード
カラー/122分/1層/1枚組
音声:
1.日本語(本編)
2.日本語(オーディオコメンタリー)
字幕:英語字幕

<特典>
■映像・音声特典(約35分)
・『亜人間 奥崎謙三』
・『予告編』(1)劇場公開時オリジナル版
・『予告編』(2)奥崎謙三生誕100周年記念夏の神軍祭り版
・原一男監督新録オーディオコメンタリー

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Professional Review of "The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On (Blu-ray) (Digital Remaster) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)"

October 25, 2007

This professional review refers to Yukiyukite, Shingun (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
Director Kon Ichikawa's classic 1959 war drama Fire on the Plains and its source novel by Shohei Ooka portray starving Japanese soldiers in New Guinea resorting to cannibalism at the end of World War II. While the novel was part fictional, the truth about cannibalism in New Guinea gets its time of day in the 1987 documentary The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On, a gripping film that proves truth is sometimes really stranger than fiction. Directed by Kazuo Hara, the film offers an intensely fascinating subject in the form of Kenzo Okuzaki, a World War II veteran who already had quite a past before filming: he served 13 years in prison for killing a real estate agent in the 1950s, then he was sent to jail on several other occasions for slinging steel marbles at the Emperor, passing out pornographic handbills featuring the Emperor, and for plotting to kill the Japanese Prime Minister. This is the type of man that has to inform the police just to leave his city of residency.

Filmed between 1982 and 1987, the film chronicles Okuzaki traveling around Japan to investigate the truth behind the execution of two soldiers that occurred 23 days after the war had ended. Driving around a wagon that has a huge sign on the top with written derogatory messages against the Emperor and the Prime Minister, Okuzaki spends most of the film tracking fellow soldiers down one by one to interview them about the executions. From then on, the film becomes a series of prolonged interviews where the officers beat around the bush to avoid telling the truth ("Why would you want to disturb the dead by bringing it up?" one officer asks angrily.). However, Okuzaki uses persistence and incoherent interrogation methods, which sometimes even include violence and confinement, to break them down. Of course, he knows he's crazy; he even volunteers to call the police on the interviewees' behalf. But that doesn't stop his insistence in getting the truth. Even when the family members of the deceased decide to stop accompanying Okuzaki, he simply uses his friends and his wife to impersonate them so he can continue playing the sympathy card.

The most impressive aspect of The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On is Hara's methods. While the film's production values are simple (the boom mic is visible in several instances), Hara keeps his camera at the distance of a spectator. Even when Okuzaki pins an old man to the ground and starts punching him, Hara simply stands outside, refusing to get involved while the poor man's wife can only grab Okuzaki's arm while saying "no violence". While Hara later admitted that he strongly disliked Okuzaki by the time filming had ended, the film's tone is surprisingly balanced. As a result, Okuzaki's image is rather bipolar. His insistence in getting the truth behind the possible wrongful executions to console his dead comrades' souls is admirable. On the other hand, early scenes of him driving around the Imperial Palace in his wagon and confronting the numerous police officers show that he might not be the most mentally balanced veteran in Japan. No matter how you may see Okuzaki, the film is more interesting due to its central character.

When Okuzaki eventually gets his old military officers to tell what may be the truth, the details of cannibalism in New Guinea are often disturbing. On the other hand, it's these first-person accounts of the war atrocities that make The Emperor such a compelling film. Sixty years after the end of World War II, first-person accounts from veterans are getting increasingly harder to come by. With the ongoing controversies surrounding Japanese history's view of the war, Hara's film remains surprisingly timely 20 years after its release. Even if the interviewer is a hostile and incoherent 60-year-old man, the value of the footage and its impact cannot be denied. By the time the film reaches a tragic conclusion so absurd that it borders on being darkly comedic, you may realize that The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On is not a film you can easily forget.

By Kevin Ma

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