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9 Ratings

Hoodlum Soldier

Heitai yakuza

Directed by Yasuzô Masumura
Japan, 1965
Comedy, Drama, War


A young intellectual conscientious objector is forced to serve with the Japanese army in Manchuria. He joins with a dim-witted former gangster in an effort to desert by stealing a train.

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Hoodlum Soldier Directed by Yasuzô Masumura

Critics reviews

Made a year before the even more remarkable violent antiwar filmRed Angel, this film features a lot of slapping and bone crunching, all of it administered by Japanese against other Japanese; significantly, the violence involving Manchurians is ignored. The irreverent ambience at times suggests Mister Roberts, with the pertinent difference that desertion is regarded as a sane and reasonable response to a soldier’s life.
December 06, 2013
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