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158 Ratings

United Red Army

Jitsuroku rengô sekigun: Asama sansô e no michi

Directed by Kôji Wakamatsu
Japan, 2007


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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United Red Army Directed by Kôji Wakamatsu

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2008 | 2 wins including: C.I.C.A.E. Award (Forum)

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2008 | Nominee: Best Undistributed Film

Critics reviews

The constant narrator intrusion (which seems as much a surrogate for Wakamatsu’s voice as any similar voiceover in, say, a Chris Marker film), together with the collision of documentary and dramatic material, gives the impression of United Red Army not as a dramatization but as a workspace or a “magic screen,” where an argument about radicalism and its (failed) dialectic is being presented for our consideration.
November 29, 2012
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