The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On /
The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On
JAPAN 1987, 134 MIN, Meet Kenzo Okuzaki, 62, one of the most eccentric and intriguing characters ever seen in documentary cinema. A political activist and World War II veteran, Okuzaki is Japan’s own Dirty Harry. Determined to stand up to the establishment all by himself, he tries to track down commanders who had served in the Emperor’s army with him and are responsible for murdering and, shockingly, cannibalizing fellow soldiers. His actions are completely unpredictable, and he does not hesitate to use violence in his relentless pursuit of the truth. His relationship with Kazuo Hara, who documents his search, crosses every red line and breaks every rule in the book of documentary ethics. This is Japan’s first documentary that dares to hold the Emperor responsible for the war, asking pointed questions about the morality of his soldiers’ behavior.