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A Tribute to the San Francisco International Film Festival at 50

Saturday, April 21, 2007
6:30 p.m. The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On
Kazuo Hara (Japan, 1987)

(Yuki yukite shingun). "A brave and radical documentary, this film is about Kenzo Okuzaki, a man who cannot and will not forget the Pacific War and what happened to soldiers there. In particular, he wants to find out what happened to several young privates who were executed by the Japanese Army after the war was over. He does so by going around interviewing survivors, including those who were on the firing squad and those who gave the orders. The film is fascinating because the man is a champion for right and he is, at the same time, so given to violence that our own moral position is questioned, as viewers. . . . The Emperor's Naked Army is extremely moving and in the end deeply upsetting. The picture is beautifully made, a truly controlled example of honest documentary at its best."

—Donald Richie, SFIFF 1988

• Written, Photographed by Hara. (122 mins, In Japanese with English subtitles, Color, 35mm, From Tidepoint Pictures)