Not Rated | | Drama, War
In the closing days of WWII remnants of the Japanese army in Leyte are abandoned by their command and face certain starvation.
In order to achieve maximum authenticity, actors were fed very little, and were not permitted to tend to matters of simple hygiene such as brushing their teeth and cutting their nails. As a precaution against serious deterioration of the actors' health, a number of nurses were always on call on the set. Eiji Funakoshi was never specifically told not to eat. He willingly abstained from eating to help get himself into character. The rest of the cast and crew were unaware of this until he eventually collapsed on the set. Production was shut down for two weeks.
Dying Buddhist soldier:
What? You still here? Poor guy, when I'm dead, you can eat this.
Dying Buddhist soldier: Come back! You can eat me!