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In fact, `Nobi' is one of the greatest war (anti-war) films I've ever seen.
Ichikawa's images have a barbaric splendor and dreamlike aura, reinforced by the dissonant, percussive soundtrack with its echoes of Bartok.
It is a disturbing film but it is an educational film as well because of the way it allows us to examine the other side of victory.
Demonstrates the hopeless and helpless side of a war. You witness human depravity in circumstances beyond belief. This film must be viewed by anyone with an antiwar bent.Published 19 months ago by Robert Rayno
Then this is one for you. I enjoy japanese movies...most have great stories, a plot and take TIME to develop. Some would say SLOW. Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by Joseph C. Martinak
The names of Japanese directors that most Americans first come up with are Kurosawa and Ozu. Kon Ichikawa should be added to that list - his Fires on the Plain and The Burmese Harp... Read morePublished on December 17, 2012 by Harry O
Many people talk about the realism of Ichikawa Kon's anti-war film "Fire on the Plains" (A poetic translation of Japanese title "Nobi," meaning the burning off of fields during... Read morePublished on November 3, 2011 by Zack Davisson
I've had this DVD about 3 years and this is my third viewing. It usually takes that many times before I completely appreciate and understand a film. Read morePublished on July 8, 2011 by Laird M. Wilcox
The film subtly takes digs at the American enemy, who would later occupy the Japanese homeland. It portrays the Americans as unable to stop Filipino guerilla retribution on the... Read morePublished on August 25, 2010 by Cosmoetica
Maybe this is `Asia Film Friday' for me (when my last two reviews are posted you'll know what I mean) but I've been thinking about reviewing `Nobi' (better known as `Fires on the... Read morePublished on December 4, 2009 by Andrew Ellington
My first viewing of an Ichikawa film in many years, and the first of his war films that I've seen, this was gripping and brutal from the very get-go. Read morePublished on October 6, 2009 by Muzzlehatch