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  1. dordairobert's rating of the film The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

  2. EdieEmm's rating of the film The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

    Astonishing. The way, for example, Hara's camera mirrors his subject's tactics so that, even as audience, we find ourselves implicated in... something; some naked morality, after the niceties of ethical standards are stripped away. Confronted, we engage. Just as fervent, ethically-immoderate Okuzaki, extracting his own admissions of complicity, can force awake the repressed humanity of a generation/society/world. 4.5

  3. Robert H. Stevens's rating of the film The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

    Vexing, thought provoking cinema. You'll never think about documentary filmmaking the same way.

  4. Imago Vanitas's rating of the film The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

    Portrait of the paradox of a man, disposed to use violence against war. To get his hands dirty in order to make clear his consciouss. The pursuit for justice and the wounds of rebelion. The fairness of fearless. A radical masterpiece.

  5. Jadis's rating of the film The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

    Amazing and super creepy. a must see in these dark times.

  6. siobhantebbs's rating of the film The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

    Can't find the words except to tell you to watch it. I couldn't have imagined that a film consisting almost entirely of live dialogue shot in living rooms and offices would leave me with such lucid and horrific images in my mind.

  7. HSBilly's rating of the film The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

    politeness lunatic with confidential violence.

  8. Liam Kearney's rating of the film The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

    Wow. A remarkable, if not slightly unstable protagonist, each scene was as unexpected and revealing as the next. The brutality of war and war crimes are exposed in intimate conversations, by an unrelenting personality who believes the end justifies the means. The contrast of inherent Japanese politeness and war atrocities are powerful and make this a must-see. Incredible documentary.

  9. Jason's rating of the film The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

    What Kuzuo Hara's staggering documentary is ultimately about is civilization. Civilization not just as anthropological superstructure, but also the ethicomoral dimension: what it means to be "civilized." War is the despoiler. War, trauma, culpability. When it comes to reconciliation or retribution, Japanese culture, as exemplified here, posits a captivating model. Is there a civil way to reckon w/ our barbarism(s)?

  10. peaches and plums's rating of the film The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

  11. Vinegar Factory's rating of the film The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

    No question that war leads to trauma, with effects that can last a lifetime. Survival comes with it's own horror. For some it will be regret, shame, denial or a murky combination of all. Or for our protagonist - preventing war with violence! Fascinating story, fascinating characters, and a history of WWII that is very rarely included. Genocide and war crimes were not just a European tragedy. Worth watching!

  12. Post Ironic's rating of the film The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

    So much terrifying anger and hatred encapsulated in what seem a brief two hours. Okuzaki is that one man who refuses to forget, refuses to forgive, and demands truth with a startling and violent tenacity. It's hard not to despise Okuzaki, but equally difficult not to empathize with him and even love him. He's fierce, so damn fierce. The question that haunts, is what part does the camera play in all this...?

  13. andymoor's rating of the film The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

  14. DVC's rating of the film The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

    Okuzaki became a violent lunatic

  15. T Mills's rating of the film The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

    Hara is such an amazing discovery for me. Thank you Mubi. I found this film to be engrossing from the first minute to the last. The depiction of its subject with all his strengths and weaknesses, his honor and his insanity is brilliant. This is now one of my favorite documentaries and to think I almost didn't watch it. I look forward to the other Hara films.

  16. Eric Sherwood's rating of the film The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

    Terrifying vengeance. Terrifying story. But above all terrifying politeness.

  17. David R Williams's rating of the film The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

    I wonder how many return from wars filled with this much rage and the homicidal desire to inflict vengeance upon those responsible for sending them. A harrowing experience.

  18. tintinmugshot's rating of the film The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

    Every culture got a way to treat their wounded war. This is the "japanese way" treatment, full of respect, rage, joy, kindness, unkindness, violence, non violence, Okuzaki. The main character from this doc is in all of us. Violence, non violence, bounded and injured, without knowing exactly what is right from that wrong.

  19. Rodrigo Pereira's rating of the film The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

    I've never seen a testimony film quite like this. It tries to speak of the unspeakable. You can see the contrasts with western culture. Japanese are so eager to please even in the most difficult situations, although the eyes are crying a gentle smile seems to be held, to avoid distressing the guests I imagine. The fact that the camera is always present in these situations is impressive.

  20. Bernardo Anderson's rating of the film The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

    This reminded me very much of Shoah, except instead of them being behind the camera, the pursuer of truth is in front. Very moving and interesting.

  21. Gardiel Estrada's rating of the film The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

  22. Vassilis Tsitsopoulos's rating of the film The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

    This is an incredibly powerful testimony film. The fragile humanity, sense of ethical responsibility and suffering of the survivors and family members comes out in every minute of footage. The main character is an ordinary man who achieves greatness by sheer will to reveal the horror of power in war.

  23. caitiello's rating of the film The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

    I can never watch this movie again, I've watched it so many times. It's horrifying, it's unbelievable. It's incomplete without glancing at the background information on the filming process; check out the book Camera Obstrusa, interviews with the director, and some critical commentaries on the ethical questions created by Hara's approach.

  24. Aaaa_pril's rating of the film The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

    “The insult to the dead", that seems a universal cover-up.

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