Fires on the Plain (Nobi)
Fires on the Plain (Nobi) (1959)

Kon Ichikawa's adaptation of Shohei Ooka's novel Nobi takes place in the Philippines at the end of World War II. The Japanese army is in hasty retreat from the incoming American forces. The soldiers have also been warned that the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1959
DVD Release Date: March 13, 2007
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Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter

Not an easy watch but a highly rewarding one.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

The performance of Eiji Funakoshi as the straggler cannot help but make you feel a terrible sense of the human waste and pathos represented in the ruin of this poor man.

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Jo-Anne Titmarsh

We are reminded that all are marked by the atrocities of war and that winners and losers alike have to bear the burden of their memories and struggle to find their humanity anew once peace returns.

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Variety Staff

This downbeat but fervent pic goes much further than the accepted war masterpieces in detailing humanity in crisis, and the spark left in one man. Production one of the most searing comments on war yet made.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

No other film on the horrors of war has gone anywhere near as far as Kon Ichikawa's 1959 Japanese feature.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A searing anti-war film.

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

Packs a powerful antiwar message. As with Eastwood's Iwo Jima, it dispels the myth that every Japanese soldier had the suicidal desire to die for his country.

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Xan Brooks

Brilliantly bonkers and bloody.

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Don Willmott

Kon Ichikawa's Fires on the Plain is another searing anti-war exercise that makes its point simply by showing the suffering and degradation of Japanese soldiers abandoned and left to their own devices in the Philippines as World War II winds down.

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Cindy I
A brutal look at the last days of the second World War for a group of Japanese soldiers in the Philippines. Our protagonist is a TB-infected soldier who the… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Fires on the Plain", it is February 1945 and things are going disastrously bad for the Japanese army in the Philippines,… More
danny d
another brilliant film from the great kon ichikawa. fires of the plain deals with taboo subjetcs for japanese culture such as the surrender of soldiers in the… More
Tim Sigur
Beautifully shot, but disturbing stuff here. This is how war movies should be made.