Caterpillar (2011)

Taking place during the Second Sino-Japanese War and based on a banned short story by writer Edogawa Rampo, Wakamatsu's latest film is both a powerful indictment of right-wing militarist-nationalism and a deeply affecting reminder of… More

Directed By:
Rated: Unrated
Running Time:
Release Date: May 6, 2011
DVD Release Date: January 17, 2012
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Available Online

Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mike Hale
New York Times

The husband may look like a caterpillar, but it's the wife who goes through a transformation.

Full review…
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

Might be read as a reaction to hawkish nationalism, but it's more a cry for the unknown soldier in the kitchen and bedroom.

Full review…
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

Caterpillar is brilliant but tough to look at; Wakamatsu isn't pulling any punches as he delivers his message. It's the Feel-Bad Movie of the Week, really.

Full review…
V.A. Musetto
New York Post

"Caterpillar" is difficult to watch. But it's directed, acted and photographed well, and it's worth seeing even if it makes you uncomfortable.

Full review…
Eric Hynes
Village Voice

Legendary Japanese softcore auteur K˘ji Wakamatsu channels Samuel Fuller for a twisted domestic-drama-cum-psychosexual-evisceration of Japan's fascist past.

Full review…
Vadim Rizov
Boxoffice Magazine

Essentially a sexually charged two-hander with blunt allegorical implications, K˘ji Wakamatsu's one-note follow-up to United Red Army is a disappointing affair, visually indifferent and thematically simplistic.

Full review…
Andrew O'Hehir

Blends a B-movie aesthetic, brilliant use of montage and documentary elements and a scathing critique of nationalism and militarism.

Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

This Caterpillar creeps under your skin and stays there.

Full review…
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

Aesthetically, emotionally, and intellectually crude, Koji Wakamatsu's brutally effective Caterpillar finds the director making obvious points about Japanese nationalism/militarism and less obvious ones about the sexual dynamic of marriage.

Full review…
More reviews for Caterpillar

Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
A village woman is forced to care for her invalid husband when the Emperor declares him a "Living War God" after he loses all four limbs and his… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
The complex relation between a devoted wife and amputee husband is explored to it's most raw levels by Mr Wakamatsu. She is more than just the devoted… More
Walter M.
In "Caterpillar," the good news is that Kyuzo(Shima Ohnishi) returns alive from the war and a hero to boot. The bad news is he is not exactly in one… More