Onoda - 10000 Nights in the Jungle (HKIFF46)

Genre
SPECIAL PROGRAMME
Release Date
18 Aug 2022 (Thu)
Category
--- (HK), ---(Macau)
Running Time
167 Minutes
Language
Japanese / English Subtitle
Director
Arthur Harari
Cast
Endo Yuya, Tsuda Kanji, Matsuura Yuya
Synopsis
1945. The Japanese Empire has surrendered; WWII has ended. However, on the occupied island of Lubang, Philippines, Imperial intelligence officer Onoda holds out. He hides in the jungle for the next 29 years, refusing to give himself in or commit seppuku – waging a guerrilla war that isn’t happening anymore; one that turns into a war of the mind. Channelling the critical filmmaking tradition of Oshima Nagisa and the Western adventure novel, Harari finds in this soldier a tremendous subject for psychological study.

1945. The Japanese Empire has surrendered; WWII has ended. However, on the occupied island of Lubang, Philippines, Imperial intelligence officer Onoda holds out. He hides in the jungle for the next 29 years, refusing to give himself in or commit seppuku – waging a guerrilla war that isn’t happening anymore; one that turns into a war of the mind. Channelling the critical filmmaking tradition of Oshima Nagisa and the Western adventure novel, Harari finds in this soldier a tremendous subject for psychological study.

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