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Fires on the Plain (Nobi) Reviews

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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
July 27, 2009
A searing anti-war film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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.
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
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
April 26, 2007
... a grim and gruesome and at times macabre autopsy of its (selectively Japanese) victims.
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
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
September 17, 2004
One of film's great statements of pacificism; search it out.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
May 24, 2003
Magnificently shot in widescreen black and white, this is a truly harrowing work.
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
January 1, 2000
No other film on the horrors of war has gone anywhere near as far as Kon Ichikawa's 1959 Japanese feature.
October 29, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 21, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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