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Fires on the Plain - Criterion Collection
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- New and improved English subtitle translation
- Booklet with a new essay by film critic Chuck Stephens
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"Fires on the Plain" tells the story of Tamura, a Japanese soldier in the Philipines in February, 1945; a time when defeat was turning into chaos. We witness the gradual metamorphis from civilized soldier to desperate animal as Tamura searches for a path to hope. 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.
I have always been curious about the demise of the defeated sides in WWII. Both fought well past the point of no return and suffered through incredible destruction until only a skeleton of its' empire remained to surrender. What must that have been like to experience? I have read books by Heinrich Boll that have given me something of an idea and other authors have as well. I recently finished an excellent book entitled "Japan at War: An Oral History". The eyewitness accounts of the disintegrating forces in the Philipines and other places fit the descriptions show in "Fires on the Plain". It is a disturbing portrait of a world of near-anarchy where survival is about the only instinct remaining. Truth IS stranger than fiction.
This is more than an anti-war film, it is a film of survival in defeat, and the primal nature of man to survive. Directed by Kon Ichikawa, one of the first scenes depicted is the vicious slapping of Private Tamura by one of his superiors. His crime? For having the audacity to return to his unit. You see Private Tamura is suffering from tuberculosis; as are many other soldiers; and his superior is angry that the private can no longer fend for himself; and instead must rely on his fellow soldiers who can barely fend for themselves. The unit is suffering from a shortage of food, and it's difficult enough for them to find food for themselves, let alone a weakened soldier.
The superior sends him back to the hospital with a few potatoes: and also in his possession is a hand grenade to kill himself with when he can no longer continue. Tamura constantly struggles with this: should I live, or die? However, when Tamura arrives at the hospital, he is refused: Only those near death are allowed in this hospital. Tamura must make a choice, unwanted in his own unit, and not allowed in the hospital, what is he to do?Read more ›
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NOBI (FIRES ON THE PLAIN / BURNING OFF THE FIELDS [LIT.]). Antiwar And (Surprisingly) Apolitical.
Rating = ****
Director: Kon Ichikawa
Producers: Masaichi... Read more
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 on July 27, 2013 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