Every Friday, Fandor’s curators serve up a newly available film worthy of special attention. This week’s Featured Release is The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On directed by Kazuo Hara.
“A trend-setting example of firebrand verité crossbred with muckraking journalism.” – Eric Henderson, Slant
Film Synopsis: The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On is a brilliant exploration of memory and war guilt, a subject often ignored in modern Japan. In this controversial documentary, Kazuo Hara follows Kenzo Okuzaki in his real-life struggle against Emperor Hirohito. He proudly declares that he shot BBs at the Royal Palace, distributed pornographic images of the Emperor, and once killed a man for the sake of his strange crusade. As the film progresses, Okuzaki reveals a gruesome mystery: why were some Japanese officers killing their own soldiers during WWII?
Also, check out this video essay by Kevin B. Lee over on Keyframe, which explores the representation of reality (or, alternatively, the “truth”) through The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On:
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