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‘Fires on the Plain’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Lily Franky, Tatsuya Nakamura, Yûko Nakamura, Dean Newcombe, Hiroshi Suzuki, Shinya Tsukamoto | Written and Directed by Shinya Tsukamoto

It seems these days, when some world leaders seem to enjoy the thought of war, we need to be reminded just what it is. War is hell, there is no positive side, even for the winners. This is something that Shinya Tsukamoto shows in Fires on the Plain…

In the final states of World War 2, the occupying Japanese army are losing ground in the Philippines. Fighting against local resistance and the American Army a few of the soldiers try to make their escape, but all they find is a hostile territory where friendship means nothing and hope is none existent.

At the start of the film we are introduced to an unnamed soldier (Shinya Tsukamoto) who is suffering from TB. Given no hope, he finds himself wandering through a desolate but beautiful landscape.

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