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572 Ratings

Fires on the Plain


Directed by Kon Ichikawa
Japan, 1959
War, Drama


An agonizing portrait of desperate Japanese soldiers stranded in a strange land during World War II, Kon Ichikawa’s Fires on the Plain is a compelling descent into psychological and physical oblivion, and one of the most powerful works from one of Japanese cinema’s most versatile filmmakers.

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Fires on the Plain Directed by Kon Ichikawa

Critics reviews

Shooting in high-contrast black-and-white and with steely reserve reflective of both character and shooting conditions alike, Ichikawa manages to engender a sense of intimacy even as his vision of hell on earth builds to seemingly irreconcilable ends.
January 14, 2015
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