Fires of the Plain (Nobi) Reviews

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Jo-Anne Titmarsh
HeyUGuys
September 3, 2014
We are reminded that all are marked by the atrocities of war and that winners and losers alike have to bear the burden of their memories and struggle to find their humanity anew once peace returns.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
March 29, 2007
The scabrous fury of Fires on the Plain feels closer to the heart of the notoriously hard-to-pin-down Japanese director.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com
May 14, 2007
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
October 23, 2007
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.
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
April 26, 2007
... a grim and gruesome and at times macabre autopsy of its (selectively Japanese) victims.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 27, 2009
A searing anti-war film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
September 17, 2004
One of film's great statements of pacificism; search it out.
| Original Score: 5/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
October 29, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
No other film on the horrors of war has gone anywhere near as far as Kon Ichikawa's 1959 Japanese feature.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 9, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 21, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
April 26, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/4

TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 5/5

Film4
May 24, 2003
Magnificently shot in widescreen black and white, this is a truly harrowing work.
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