Featured Release – The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On

The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On directed by Kazuo Hara

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?

Catch Okuzaki in action in this clip from The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On.

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:
How to Have a Radical Documentary Holiday Party (December 24, 2013)

The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On directed by Kazuo Hara

Additional Viewing:

The Sun (2005) directed by Alexander Sokurov

The Sun directed by Alexander Sokurov

City of Life and Death (2011) directed by Lu Chuan

City of Life and Death directed by Lu Chuan

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