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  • Actors: Manoush
  • Directors: Andrey Iskanov
  • Format: Black & White, Color, Dolby, Limited Edition, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Unearthed Films
  • DVD Release Date: November 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 249 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018ZOARK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,475 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Philosophy of a Knife Limited Edition" on IMDb

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The true history of Japanese Unit 731, from its beginnings in the 1930's to its demise in 1945, and the subsequent trials in Khabarovsk, USSR, of many of the Japanese doctors from Unit 731. The facts are told, and previously unknown evidence is revealed by an eyewitness to these events, former doctor and military translator, Anatoly Protasov. Part documentary and part feature, the story is shown from the perspective of a young Japanese nurse who witnessed many of horrors, and a young Japanese officer who is torn between his sincere convictions that he is serving the greater purpose, and the deep sympathy he feels for an imprisoned Russian girl. His life is a living hell as he's compelled to carry out atrocious experiments on the other prisoners, using them as guinea pigs in this shocking tale of mankind's barbarity. Philosophy of a Knife is truly one of the most violent, brutal and harrowing movies ever made. Special Edition includes: Making of Documentary, A Glimpse of Hell (Uncut version of the morgue sequence), Director Introduction, Interview with Actress Manoush, Original Soundtrack, Deleted Scenes, Dead Before Born Music Video, Forgive Me Music Video, Still Gallery, Booklet with Intro by Scott Gabbey.

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I urge you to give Philosophy of a Knife a try, I can guarantee that you have never seen anything like it and probably never will again --Carnival of the Grotesque

one of the most violent, brutal and harrowing films ever made... --DreadCentral.com

Philosophy of a Knife is one of the best films I have seen in recent days. All aspects are practically perfected, be it the audio, visuals or effects, everything is great. --Louis Justin, The Coroner's Report

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It takes itself to seriously to even be watched as a good bad movie.
A. Black
Andrey Has such a unique, dark yet artful way of depicting the atrocities of war and the brutality only the human race is capable of committing.
Zarathose
The filmakers provide one of the most bizarre and brutal films showing the true horrors of a very upsetting event in history.
Michael A. Bonamassa

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 18, 2008
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Philosophy of a Knife (Andrey Iskanov, 2008)

For twenty years, a debate has raged over the title of most extreme gore film. While you'll have your classicists arguing for Cannibal Ferox and the like, the real discussion boils down to two films: Hideshi Hino's sixty-minute masterpiece Flower of Flesh and Blood and T. F. Mous' infamous started-as-a-documentary-and-turned-into-a-gore-film Men Behind the Sun. Now, MbtS is twenty years old, FoFaB twenty-three; you'd think by now someone would have pushed the envelope a bit. But those two movies are like the Whitehouse and Sutcliffe Jugend of filmdom; sometimes people get close, but no one ever seems to spill over into unknown territory. There are some envelopes that are, seemingly, made of titanium. The latest chap to try is Andrey Iskanov, whose Nails made me think we might be seeing the first truly boundary-battering Russian director since Tarkovsky; with Philosophy of a Knife, he decided to take what Mous was originally going to do and integrate it with what Mous finally did, creating what the horror underground have been calling a "goreumentary" ever since buzz started flying about this movie a year or so ago. And with a projected running time of over four hours (the released version does, in fact, clock in at four hours and nine minutes, excluding the intermission), a bunch of us believed it was time for Mous and Hino to step aside and acknowledge the new master. Well, now I've seen it. Mous and Hino are resting safely on their laurels.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Christopher Blackshere on March 27, 2010
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So few films really leave a lasting impression. Even rarer is the film that will snatch the breath from your lungs and leave you paralyzed in your seat. If Philosophy of a Knife doesn't leave you shellshocked and numb, nothing will. This is one of the boldest and most impressive achievements in the history of film.

Part documentary, part horror film, this nightmare inducing visual onslaught combines some gripping archival footage, candid interviews, and disturbing reenactments of chemical/radiation experiments performed by the Japanese Army Unit 731 in the 30's and 40's.

This is not a fun film to watch by any means. Shot mainly in black and white, POTK is a grueling, 4&1/2 hour history lesson. The vivid, deranged terror will strike you deeper than any fictional horror film ever could. Besides the melting of flesh and ripping bodies in half, it also flashes dead fetuses and some torturous surgical procedures including some STD experiments. Not for the faint of heart.

Much of this is backed by an industrial soundtrack. Perhaps it feels like an extremely warped and lengthy Nine Inch Nails video. Such a surreal experience. Your eyes will be fixated on the set and you will not even notice the time go by.

One horrible realization to try to come to grips with is the fact that these inhumane experiments performed on the victims actually helped advance Japan's medical knowledge way beyond the rest of the world. The end definitely doesn't justify the means, of course. But it makes me wonder if instead of capital punishment, maybe forcing hardened criminals to become instruments of science would be a viable option.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By PoochJD on August 7, 2012
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PHILOSOPHY OF A KNIFE is a gruelling experience. It is NOT a factual film. If you are thinking of buying this, in order to gain a history lesson of what really went on at Unit 731, this isn't the film for you, as PHILOSOPHY... contains very little actual facts.

Neither is it a wholly fictional film. Thus, if you are looking for an epic horror film, then again, this is not for you.

What Iskanov offers up is a long, brutal and often disturbing mix of pseudo-documentary/Mondo film, alongside art cinema, complete with enough facts and evidence of some of what went on at Unit 731, and blends them together, into a discordant and powerfully angry one-of-a-kind film.

Yes, it's very, very long - running to just shy of four-and-a-half hours. But that epic, can be watched all in one go, or watched in two halves, as Unearthed Films have also offered the option to watch the film in two shorter segments instead, if you so wish.

The film is gory. It is violent. It is brutal, and disturbing, and unsettling, and tastless, and crass, and insensitive, and every other verb you could use to throw at a shocking film, that deals with one of mankind's worst historical episodes. I also believe that whatever Iskanov's intentions were, this is a film of which there is nothing else like it.

It is simply an experience. You will not enjoy this film. You may not even like this film. What you will do, however, is watch it, experience it, and then question everything you've just sat through.

Other reviewers have complained that it is too long. Maybe it is. I disagree. I don't see why all films should be a maximum of 90-minutes in length.
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