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After serving his country in the Second Sino-Japanese War, hardened soldier Lt. Kyuzo Kurokawa (Shima Ônishi) returns home a changed man. Since he lost his arms and legs in battle, his wife, Shigeko (Shinobu Terajima), contemplates putting him out of his misery until she discovers he still has the will to live. But, despite welcoming the prominence that comes with being the loving caretaker of the village war hero, Shigeko quietly begins to take her revenge for Kyuzo's past transgressions.

Cast & Crew

Shinobu Terajima
Shigeko Kurokawa
Keigo Kasuya
Tadashi Kurokawa
Emi Masuda
Chiyo Kurokawa
Sabu Kawahara
The Village Chief
Kôji Wakamatsu
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Hisako Kurosawa
Screenwriter
Izuru Deguchi
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Critic Reviews for Caterpillar

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (2)

  • The husband may look like a caterpillar, but it's the wife who goes through a transformation.

    May 6, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • "Caterpillar" is difficult to watch. But it's directed, acted and photographed well, and it's worth seeing even if it makes you uncomfortable.

    May 6, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Blends a B-movie aesthetic, brilliant use of montage and documentary elements and a scathing critique of nationalism and militarism.

    May 6, 2011
  • Might be read as a reaction to hawkish nationalism, but it's more a cry for the unknown soldier in the kitchen and bedroom.

    May 3, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Legendary Japanese softcore auteur Kji Wakamatsu channels Samuel Fuller for a twisted domestic-drama-cum-psychosexual-evisceration of Japan's fascist past.

    May 3, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Aesthetically, emotionally, and intellectually crude, Koji Wakamatsu's brutally effective Caterpillar finds the director making obvious points about Japanese nationalism/militarism and less obvious ones about the sexual dynamic of marriage.

    April 29, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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  • Nov 06, 2013
    Gruesome story but it is a powerful anti war (and anti-nationalistic) film. Very hard to watch, makes your stomach turn.
    William H Super Reviewer
  • Feb 16, 2013
    In "Caterpillar," the good news is that Kyuzo(Shima Ohnishi) returns alive from the war and a hero to boot. The bad news is he is not exactly in one piece, with all of his limbs having been amputated and communication with other people at best rudimentary. After his wife Shigeko(Shinobu Terajima) calms down sufficiently enough, she considers putting him out of his misery but then thinks twice about it, settling down into the routine of taking care of him for the long haul which also includes an itch he needs to scratch... To its credit, "Caterpillar" is not just an empty provocation, as it is very much anti-war, and not just in the ironic way it uses music. The first time we see Kyuzo is when he is raping a Chinese woman which makes him a war criminal more than anything else. That alone questions what the entire Japanese war effort was all about. Or maybe karma can just be incredibly nasty. In any case, all of which is established very early on which leaves the movie, as repetitive as it is and as shoddy as the production is, little room to go anywhere, except to explore the evolving power structure of the couple which has its moments.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 27, 2012
    A village woman is forced to care for her invalid husband when the Emperor declares him a "Living War God" after he loses all four limbs and his ability to talk in the Second Sino-Japanese war. A bizarre premise sparks this intense drama about duty; it's minimally exploitative, but there IS plenty of caterpillar/wife sex.
    Greg S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 13, 2011
    The complex relation between a devoted wife and amputee husband is explored to it's most raw levels by Mr Wakamatsu. She is more than just the devoted pasive housewife, and he's more than just another guy who fought in the war. You could accuse Wakamatsu of being too blunt with the anti-nationalistic message, showing the blind loyalty of the towns people over and over, along with the images of the medals, the propaganda in the news about Japan winning the war and so on. The real meat and juice of the story is in the relation between the two main characters, both actors giving fantastic performances, becoming the foundation of the film.
    Tsubaki S Super Reviewer

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