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Fires of the Plain (Nobi) Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A searing anti-war film.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

July 27, 2009
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide | Original Score: B+

October 29, 2008
Variety Staff
Variety
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This downbeat but fervent pic goes much further than the accepted war masterpieces in detailing humanity in crisis, and the spark left in one man. Production one of the most searing comments on war yet made.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 23, 2007
Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com

Kon Ichikawa's Fires on the Plain is another searing anti-war exercise that makes its point simply by showing the suffering and degradation of Japanese soldiers abandoned and left to their own devices in the Philippines as World War II winds down.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

May 14, 2007
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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Packs a powerful antiwar message. As with Eastwood's Iwo Jima, it dispels the myth that every Japanese soldier had the suicidal desire to die for his country.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

April 26, 2007
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

... a grim and gruesome and at times macabre autopsy of its (selectively Japanese) victims.

Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online

April 26, 2007
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

The scabrous fury of Fires on the Plain feels closer to the heart of the notoriously hard-to-pin-down Japanese director.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 29, 2007
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

| Original Score: 3/5

July 21, 2005
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
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The performance of Eiji Funakoshi as the straggler cannot help but make you feel a terrible sense of the human waste and pathos represented in the ruin of this poor man.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 9, 2005
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

One of film's great statements of pacificism; search it out.

| Original Score: 5/5

September 17, 2004

Film4

Magnificently shot in widescreen black and white, this is a truly harrowing work.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 24, 2003

TV Guide's Movie Guide

The world that director Ichikawa brings to the screen (based on the 1951 novel by Shohei Ooka) is difficult to bear--a world of brutality, pain, death, destruction, and cannibalism -- in short, a world of war.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 5/5

January 1, 2000
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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No other film on the horrors of war has gone anywhere near as far as Kon Ichikawa's 1959 Japanese feature.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 1, 2000
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