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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Tough drama about a faithful caring for her quadruple amputee husband in WWII era Japan makes its point a little too early. Under the surface of his heroism lies a dark secret, and his wife's struggle to care for him becomes an epic battle of will. It's a strong concept, but a repetitive and oppressive film. Well acted but lacking emotional cohesion.
The ending part is quite hurry, and the use of WWII stock films is almost overtly repetitive. However, how the husband and wife are struggling through their new status in the local community is sharp, straightforward and mesmerizing.
I saw this film at the viena film festival. Like it has been said in the posts, wakamatsu makes his portrayal and critic of the japanese nationalist land-society very clear, but after a while of really strong images, some really admirable acting, you're still left empty. At least that was the way I felt.
A film that shouldn't have left Japan and has no reason to be on an International Film Festival. Completely directed at a Japanese audience, crude and graphic. More than 6 sex scenes with a man with no legs and arms will turn any audience away. We got the anti-war and anti nationalism message after half an hour, the following hour was just painful.