The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On (1987)
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Critic Reviews for The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On
Director Hara does not intrude; he merely records as sixty-two-year-old Kenzo Okuzaki relentlessly pursues his campaign to expose dark secrets and discredit the Emperor.
It's meant to offend the Japanese establishment for their silence over Emperor Hirohito's failure to accept responsibility for the war, and does so with relish.
Here's a nasty little piece of work that's both shocking and heroic in its audacity.
It's no easy task when the subject of choice wills everyone around him to reevaluate their own existence by his warped standards.
Audience Reviews for The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On
It's an angry movie, even with strong touches of dark humour, and you can't blame Okuzaki for being mad when everyone else acts like nothing ever happen. The man is clearly unstable, and you could even accuse the makers of this film of exploiting the whole thing. But his anger is honest, and the apathy of the people around him is both sad and frustrating. The constant contrast between the super polite Okuzaki, and his Mr Hyde persona makes the movie a sharp critique towards Japanese rituals of conduct, and how Japanese society has become so used to numb their senses than they can't even feel regular human emotions anymore. "Are you robots?" asks Okuzaki to a group of cops watching him. Maybe they do feel something, but they don't know how to express it anymore, and that's probably what pisses Okuzaki the most. The man wants a reaction from a country that has shut down said reactions from it's citizens a long time ago.
It's easy to see why Errol Morris calls this one of his top five favorite films. There's so much here, both spoken and unspoken, that a film class could spend a whole term sorting it out. Absolutely riveting for those who like to draw their own conclusions, and probably boring as hell for those who merely wish to be entertained. I've never seen anything like this.
The subject of this documentary is a mental case who physically attacks old folks who he believes committed artocities in WW2. Hilarity ensues.
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