Wakamatsu’s powerful and unsettling film focuses with harrowing intensity on the disintegration of the United Red Army as its members gradually turn on each other in grueling sessions of critique and, eventually, torture.
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This was like one of those cheap forensic shows they show on tv where they get bad actors to re-enact murder scenes . . . only it was 3 hours long and about a supposedly serious historical event. Really, really terrible. -_____-
One of the wildest and unsettling cinematic rides I've had in awhile. Wakamatsu pummels, pounds, steam rolls, and tortures the viewer. The first third's punk aesthetic and score is captivating but gives way to a long 2nd act punctuated by an evil-hearted woman, ideological zeal, and a laughable but chilling outcome. The final standoff Ieft me shell-shocked. The stuff of nightmares.