The New Trailer For War Drama, FIRES ON THE PLAIN, Unelashes Hell On Earth

Period war movies are often subject to the internal focus of its set characters in the face of war in all its horrors. Ooka Shohei's 1951 semi-biographical World War II novel, Nobi, proved useful as source material for Ichikawa Kon's 1959 film adapation, Fires On The Plain, and multi-faced actor and director Tsukamoto Shinya's latest grisly reimagining has certainly allowed him to showcase his strengths, garnered its share of attention in the festival circuit within the past year.

In the final stages of WWII, the occupying Japanese army in the Philippines is rapidly losing ground, facing local resistance combined with an American offensive. The final few Japanese survivors, having almost been wiped out, have crossed the threshold into a realm where there are no friends, no enemies and no God.

The film is a rewarding piece of work for fans keen to Tsukamoto's earlier movies like Toyko Fist, the Tetsuo series, Haze and Vital - central to his style of storytelling with characters moulded by the environments they are submerged in. In this case, it's Tsukamoto in character as a soldier lost in the Philippines jungle with nowhere to run as his desperate mission survival ultimately becomes a character study in all things shell-shock inducing. The latest trailer ahead of the film's Japan release next month exemplifies this, and then some. Check it out below!


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