The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

1987 / 122' / Japan / In Japanese with Chi & Eng subtitles / Color
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14/7 (Sat) 21:00 (Meet the director after screening)

26/7 (Thu) 21:30

Kenzo Okuzaki was once a soldier stationed in Papua New Guinea during World War II. After the war, he went on an extreme road of protest, which almost looked incomprehensible in the eyes of many. He assaulted Emperor Hirohito with steel pachinko balls, insisting that he has to be responsible for the war; he also threatened to assassinate the ex-Prime Minister… At the same time, Okuzaki travelled all over Japan to extort confessions from his former comrades by extreme means, in order to find out the hidden truth during the war time about secret killing and cannibalism…


Known for challenging national taboos and the limitations of Japan government, The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On is one of the most controversial among Kazuo Hara’s works, and regarded as one of the most important titles in Japanese cinema.
• Caligari Film Award, Berlinale, Germany 1987
• Running-up for Best Film of the Year, Kinema Junpo, Japan 1988
• Best Director, Blue Ribbon Awards, Japan 1988