The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On


ゆきゆきて、神軍   [ 1987 ][ 2 ]
Director: Hara Kazuo 原一男


Plot:This documentary was five years in the making, and revolves around 62-year-old Okuzaki Kenzo, a survivor of the battlefields of New Guinea in World War II who gained notoriety by slingshooting steel pinballs at Emperor Showa to protest against what he considered to be the ruler's war crimes. Setting out to conduct interviews with survivors and relatives, he finds the truth of the past to be elusive, achieving a breakthrough only when he confronts ex-Sergeant Yamada, who grudgingly admits the occurrence and instructional source of certain atrocities.

The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On (ゆきゆきて、神軍 Yuki Yukite Shingun) is a 1987 Japanese war documentary film by director Kazuo Hara, whose title is loosely based on the classical tale "The Emperor's New Clothes". The documentary centers on Kenzo Okuzaki, a 62-year-old veteran of Japan's campaign in New Guinea in the Second World War, and follows him around as he searches out those responsible for the unexplained deaths of two soldiers in his old unit. Read More

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