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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Jun 2018 9:09 p.m. PST

Some are really good… the others… I have never saw them…



Samurai Elb24 Jun 2018 1:02 a.m. PST

Interesting list but for me some of the cinematic masterpieces of Akira Kurosawa have to be added to each list about eastern war movies.

1. Kagemusha – a movie showing the historical situation in Japan ending with the battle of Nagashino in the 16th cebtury. You can always discuss if this battle is shown historically correct but at least one masterpiece in the category war movies.

2. Ran – adapted from Shakespeare "King Lear" a fictious war movie about how to loose a kingdom through internal affairs.

3. The seven Samurai – formally not a war movie because the Samurai fighting against bandits. You can interpret Kurosawa´s movies always differently but a brillant comparison between tne importance of proud warrior class and dirty peasant class with the conclusion that food prducers are needed always but the single warrior after war is useless. At the end of the movie the peasents begin to work again but the Samuarai are dead or have to go.

Please execuse any errors English is not my native language.

14Bore24 Jun 2018 4:19 a.m. PST

That list looks good

Old Peculiar24 Jun 2018 5:11 a.m. PST

I think of the suggested Kurosawa films only Kagemusha fits the category, and I would not delete any of the 9 named to fit it in. Assembly is also good, as is Throne of Blood.

Kevin C Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2018 6:16 a.m. PST

One of the descriptions for the movies is inaccurate. Warlords is set during the Taiping Rebellion, not the Boxer Rebellion. In addition, the Boxers were not pro-Christian, though the leader of the Taiping Rebellion did incorporate his own odd interpretations of Christianity into his message.

Gone Fishing24 Jun 2018 11:24 a.m. PST

I would include another one on the list, with the warning that it will probably only appeal to a limited audience, real film buffs. The film is called The Human Condition. It is actually three films, six hours or so long all together, in black and white with subtitles, but is well worth the investment in time and attention. It is the story of a Japanese pacifist (and his wife) who is conscripted into the Imperial Japanese Army in the final days of WWII. The story follows him through training, his assignment as a camp commandant in China, through to the desperate, hopeless attempts to stop the Soviet juggernaut coming down through Manchuria. It is the story of a good man wholly consumed by events out of his control and infinitely bigger than himself. I highly recommend it!

(Just checked: it is actually over nine hours long! link

28mm Fanatik24 Jun 2018 12:16 p.m. PST

Note that none of the "best movies" on this Chinese-American Towson film student's list was made prior to 2000, so it's like creating a list of best American war movies but not including any before SPR.

Also, he picked the wrong Korean War movies on his list when he left out 'The Front Line.'

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP25 Jun 2018 8:14 a.m. PST

Brotherhood of war is problebly one of the most emotional war movies for me.
It's fantastic.

Wulfgar25 Jun 2018 3:03 p.m. PST

Thank you, Gone Fishing. I was unaware of that movie, but I'll be looking for it now. The late 50's and early 60's seem to have been a golden age for Japanese film.

Gone Fishing26 Jun 2018 6:26 a.m. PST

Of course, Wulfgar, I hope you get the chance to see it one day. It's well worth the trouble. While its pacing is definitely slower than one is used to today, that is more than made up for by the added nuance and depth the added time brings; it makes many modern war films feel a little shallow.

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