Vorwärts, Armee Gottes! (1987)

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Vorwärts, Armee Gottes!: Directed by Kazuo Hara. With Kenzo Okuzaki, Riichi Aikawa, Masaichi Hamaguchi, Toshio Hara. A documentary following Kenzo Okuzaki, a 62-year-old WW2 veteran notorious for his protests against Emperor Hirohito, as he tries to expose the needless executions of two Japanese soldiers during the war.

“Despite its gruesome reality, u0026quot;The Emperoru0026#39;s Naked Army Marches Onu0026quot; serves as a strong wake up call to me, and Iu0026#39;m sure the same goes for many others. Through some of the inhumane moments, we are shown the truth which not everyone wants to look directly in the eyes, especially if showing us the truth sometimes means lying to us as well.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eSo in the end, this film stands as an excellent model for showing us how things are, not the formalistic view of how we wish them to be – we should not suppress the truth! And in addition, I find Kazuo Hara and Kenzo Okuzakiu0026#39;s dedication to exploit the truth behind their film, very inspiring (but once again, u0026quot;despiteu0026quot; their gruesome approach…).”

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