United Red Army
United Red Army (2011)

Shot in a raw verite style, United Red Army explores the political unrest of 1960s Japan, when mass student uprisings coincided with the beginnings of the far-left United Red Army group, which tortured and murdered its "deviant"… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 27, 2011
DVD Release Date: January 17, 2012
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Andrew O'Hehir

If you're keeping tabs on the recent cinematic reconsideration of 1960s and '70s left-wing terrorism, Wakamatsu's devastating chronicle of the ultra-violent fringe of Japanese student radicalism is a must-see.

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out

The film's commitment to representing the harsh truths of an unfortunate historical moment is admirable, but it tends to grate rather than illuminate.

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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

...historical drama as psychological thriller.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Running more than three hours, "United Red Army" is a raw mix of documentary and fiction...

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Grueling [but] engrossing.

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Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International

Kji Wakamatsu's messy, punishing 2008 meta-docudrama about the cult-like sect of 1970s Japanese revolutionaries gets a long-overdue release.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

The stilted and awkward physical and vocal performances in combination with the visually flat cinematography bring to mind the look, sound and visual texture of American daytime soaps, an association that perversely makes the movie more and more watchable.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

Despite the languorous 190-minute running time, "United Red Army" is a brutal and relentless onslaught.

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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

Kji Wakamatsu's achievement is to show us how that violence can turn as easily inward as it does out.

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Just to show that Quentin Tarantino is not the only director who explores history while rifling through multiple genres in epic fashion, along comes… More