Fires on the plain Nobi

Daiei Kabushiki Kaisha (1945-1971), 大映株式会社 (1945-1971)

DVD - 2007

"Denied hospital treatment for tuberculosis and cast off into the unknown, Private Tamura treks across an unfamiliar Philippine landscape, encountering an increasingly debased cross section of Imperial Army soldiers, who eventually give in to the most terrifying craving of all"--Container.

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Criterion collection ; 378.
Feature films
War films
Historical films
Fiction films
Film adaptations
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
[Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection [2007]
Item Description
English credits from English subtitles.
Based on the novel: Nobi / by Shōhei Ōoka.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1959.
Wide screen (2.35:1).
"Enhanced for 16:9 televisions"--Disc label.
Special features (33 min.): introduction by film scholar Donald Richie (2006, 12 min.); interview with Ichikawa & Curtis (2005-2006, 21 min.); color bars.
Booklet includes an essay by Chuck Stephens ("Both ends burning").
Physical Description
1 videodisc (104 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
DVD, region 1, NTSC; Dolby digital mono.
Blue Ribbon Awards for Best Cinematography and Best Director; Kinema Junpo Awards for Best Actor (Funakoshi) and Best Screenplay; Golden Sail Award, Locarno International Film Festival; Mainichi Film Concours Award for Best Actor (Funakoshi).
Production Credits
Cinematography, Setsuo Kobayashi ; music, Yasushi Akutagawa.
Corporate Author
Daiei Kabushiki Kaisha (1945-1971), 大映株式会社 (1945-1971) (production company)
Other Authors
Kon Ichikawa, 1915-2008, 市川崑, 1915-2008 (film director), Natsuto Wada, 1920-1983, 和田夏十, 1920-1983 (screenwriter), Masaichi Nagata, 1906-1985, 永田雅一, 1906-1985 (film producer), Eiji Funakoshi, 船越英二 (actor), Osamu Takizawa, 1906-2000, 滝沢修, 1906-2000 (-), Mickey Curtis, 1938-, Hikaru Hoshi, 1907-, Mantaro Ushio, Masaya Tsukida, Ko Sukida, Yoshihiro Hamaguchi, 1926-2011, Asao Sano, 1925-, Shin Date, Yoshio Inaba, 1920-1998, Jun Hamamura, 1906-1995, 浜村純, 1906-1995, Shōhei Ōoka, 1909-1988. 大岡昇平, 1909-1988
Review by Library Journal Reviews

A Japanese regiment lays down its arms in Burma at the end of World War II, but a harp-playing private who's been traumatized by combat becomes a Buddhist monk and stays behind to bury the dead. With its mellifluous score, Kon Ichikawa's antiwar film poignantly shows the salutary effect of music on defeated soldiers. The director revisits the war with the jointly released Fires on the Plain (ISBN 1-934121-28-2. $29.95) about one soldier's plunge into degradation after being refused medical aid. Both titles are recommended for most collections. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

As Japan is slowly beaten down during World War II, Private Tamura and his fellow soldiers are stranded in the Philippines, forced into a terrible sacrifice when supplies run out and discipline crumbles.