Nobi / Fires on the Plain

TitleNobi / Fires on the Plain
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1959
AuthorsIchikawa, Kon
Running Time1h 48min
Date Released11/03/1959
DistributorDaiei Film
Publication LanguageJapanese

Based on the 1951 eponymous novel by Shōhei Ōoka, this film is a widely regarded meditation on survival among stranded Japanese soldiers in the Philippines in late World War II. This Japanese film follows a soldier, Tamura (Eiji Funakoshi), who, along with hordes of other men, has been stranded in the jungles of the Philippines. As Japan's Imperial Army faces dire conditions -- the men have been cut off from communication, and food is scarce -- gruesome realities descend. Some men go insane. Others resort to cannibalism. Amid the brutality and hopelessness, Tamura, who has tuberculosis, flees his troop and struggles to survive.

Original Publication野火
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