Nazione:
Anno: 2010
Durata: 85'


caterpillar

1940. The second Sino-Japanese war sends Lt. Kurokawa back to his village with lots of medals on his chest but without his arms and legs, which he lost during the fighting. His wife Shigeko soon becomes the center of attention of friends, relatives and neighbors. The entire village expects a lot of the woman, who must honor the Empire through her devotion to her husband. Shigeko herself, like her husband during the battle, puts herself at the service of her nation, becoming an example for all her fellow-villagers.

  

 

“In war human beings are violated, chopped up and burnt by other human beings. Humans violating other humans. Humans chopping up other humans. Humans burning other humans. Is there such a thing as a just war? What is the meaning of war? What is the meaning of people killing people for the sake of their country? Where in the world can we find a just war? Don’t forget the stench of blood that covered the earth! Don’t forget the smell of burnt flesh! We must not forget... for this is what war is.”

Biografia

regista

Koji Wakamatsu

Koji Wakamatsu (Miyagi, Giappone, 1936 - Tokyo, Giappone, 2012) è stato uno dei più grandi registi giapponesi, emerso dalla nouvelle vague degli anni Sessanta. Specializzato in pinku eiga, si è imposto con una lunga serie di film innovativi e ricchi di riferimenti alla realtà politica giapponese. Il Torino Film Festival ha presentato nel 1989 Violated Angels (1967) e in seguito Cycling Chronicles (2005), United Red Army (2007) e Caterpillar (2010). Il suo ultimo film, The Millennial Rapture (2012), è stato presentato alla Mostra di Venezia poche settimane prima della sua scomparsa.

FILMOGRAFIA

Amai wana (1963), Kabe no naka no himegoto (Affairs within Walls, 1965), Taiji ga mitsuryosuru toki (Embrione, 1966), Yuke yuke nidome no shojo (Su su per la seconda volta vergine, 1969), Hika (1971), Tenshi no kôkotsu (Estasi degli angeli, 1972), Delta no okite (1975), Kagi (1983), Asu naki machikado (1997), 17-Sai no fukei (Cycling Chronicles, 2005), Jitsuroku rengo sekigun - Asama sanso e no michi (United Red Army, 2007), Caterpillar (2010), Sennen no yuraku (The Millennial Rapture, 2012).

Cast

& Credits

regia, produttore/director, producer

Koji Wakamatsu

sceneggiatura/screenplay

Hisako Kurosawa, Deru Deguchi 

fotografia/cinematography

Tomohiko Tsuji, Yoshihisa Toda 

montaggio/film editing

Shuichi Kakesu

scenografia/production design

Hiromi Nozawa

musica/music

Sally Kubota, Yumi Okada

suono/sound

Yukio Kubota

interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters

Shinobu Terajima (Shigeko Kurokawa), Shima Ohnishi (Kyuzo Kurokawa), Ken Yoshizawa (Kenzo Kurokawa), Keigo Kasuya (Tadashi Kurokawa), Emi Masuda (Chiyo Kurokawa)

produzione/production 

Wakamatsu Production, Skhole Corporation Production

coproduttore/coproducer

Noriko Ozaki

vendita all’estero/world sales

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