Fires on the Plain war movie
Fires on the Plain war movie

Fires on the Plain (1959, Japan)

Original / alternative title: Nobi

Categories: infantry movies

Running time: 110 minutes

Language: Japanese


In 1945 Japanese Imperial Army wasn’t looking like the force that conquered most China and Malaya - even for the regular soldiers the defeat against Allied forces seemed inevitable. Americans seemed to have unlimited sources of fuel, food and soldiers while Japanese was running low on pretty much everything. Fires on the Plain shows how the regular soldiers struggle to survive in hostile environment after the American landing on Leyte. Japanese were demoralized, cut of from any sources of supplies, they lacked food, ammo and their single aim was to break through to the coast town of Palompon, where they believe ships could pick them off the island. But American troops flood into the terrain leaving Japanese very little space to hide. With each day the Japanese are more and more desperate, which pushes them to more and more desperate measures, including cannibalism.

Japanese war film presenting the other side of the conflict and other side of Japanese army - not the ruthless conquerors of the Pacific, but beaten up, hungry and helpless Japanese soldiers. The movie hits the viewers with grisly realism not seen in other war movies (especially not American ones from same era). There are no heroes, just hungry, dirty people driven to the last resorts just to survive.

Very important and very powerful movie, but only for the viewers with strong stomach, showing that in every conflict behind the uniforms are human beings with their basic instincts.




Our rating

6.8

Film value

7 / 10

Realism factor

5 / 5

Adventure factor

1 / 5

Historical accuracy

4 / 5



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Creators of Fires on the Plain

Kon Ichikawa movies

Kon Ichikawa

director


Natto Wada movies

Natto Wada

screenplay


Shohei Ooka movies

Shohei Ooka

screenplay



Cast of Fires on the Plain

Eiji Funakoshi movies eiji-funakoshi

Osamu Takizawa movies osamu-takizawa

Mickey Curtis movies mickey-curtis

Mickey Curtis

as Nagamatsu


Mantaro Ushio movies mantaro-ushio

Mantaro Ushio

as Sergeant


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Events depicted in Fires on the Plain

World War II (1936-1945) Battle of Leyte (20 Oct 1944)





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