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179 Ratings



Directed by Kôji Wakamatsu
Japan, 2010


Lieutenant Kurokawa returns highly decorated from the second Sino-Japanese war. But he has lost both of his arms and legs in the conflict, and soon the responsibility for taking care of him falls to his wife, who has been taught to be dutiful above all else…

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Caterpillar Directed by Kôji Wakamatsu
As a foreign-language movie with no stars, modest production values and exceptionally tough subject matter, it has none… None of that diminishes the power and intensity of this claustrophobic mini-masterpiece of the Japanese antiwar tradition, which blends a B-movie aesthetic, brilliant use of montage and documentary elements and a scathing critique of nationalism and militarism.
May 05, 2011
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Aesthetically, emotionally, and intellectually crude, Koji Wakamatsu’s brutally effective Caterpillarfinds the legendary fringe-relegated director making obvious points about Japanese nationalism/militarism and less obvious ones about the sexual dynamic of marriage.
April 29, 2011
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There’s nothing oblique or nuanced in Berlinale competition selection “Caterpillar,” Koji Wakamatsu’s indictment of right-wing militarist-nationalism.. As consciously strident in tone as the various forms of WWII Japanese war propaganda he deploys satirically, his conviction is so strong, and his argument so persuasive that this masterpiece has the blunt force of a tank rolling over naked flesh.
October 14, 2010
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