FIRES ON THE PLAIN

by Shinya Tsukamoto

Japan, 2014, 87 min., colour

 

In the final stages of WWII, the occupying Japanese army in the Philippines is rapidly losing ground, facing local resistance combined with an American offensive. The final few Japanese survivors, having almost been wiped out, have crossed the threshold into a realm where there are no friends, no enemies and no God.

Reviews

"What an incredible fall this movie provides. The floor drops away and your heart's in your throat. Tsukamoto (...) boils the whole Pacific theatre into an intimate horror-show (...) It's lurid, it's shocking and it's served up with mustard. Tsukamoto gives us La Grande Illusion by way of grindhouse"
Xan Brooks, THE GUARDIAN

"A harrowing, deeply intense and intimate journey into the heart of darkness (...) lush and beautiful and very well acted by Tsukamoto himself"
Tom Christie, INDIEWIRE

"Highly rewarding"
Deborah Young, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Shinya Tsukamoto

Born in Tokyo in 1960, he started making short films from the age of 14, using his father's 8mm camera and a cast of friends and relatives. His short THE ADVENTURES OF DENCHU KOZO (1987) won him his first awards and acclaim in Japan, but it was the now legendary cyberpunk feature TETSUO: THE IRON MAN (1989) that saw him catapulted into the big leagues. It influenced a generation of Western filmmakers including Quentin Tarantino, the Wachowski Brothers and Darren Aronofsky. In 1992 he released the sequel TETSUO II: THE BODY HAMMER, followed by the boxing drama TOKYO FIST. 

 

Since then, his films have demonstrated great diversity. Tsukamoto has also been active as an actor, working with such directors as Takashi Miike, Takashi Shimizu and Alex Cox.

 

FILMOGRAPHY

2009 TESTSUO: THE BULLET MAN, Fiction, 71 min.
2008 NIGHTMARE DETECTIVE II, Fiction, 102 min.
2006 NIGHTMARE DETECTIVE, Fiction, 106 min.
2005 HAZE: ORIGINAL LONG VERSION, Fiction, 49 min.
2004 VITAL, Fiction, 86 min.
2002 A SNAKE OF JUNE, Fiction, 77 min.
1999 GEMINI, Fiction, 84 min.
1998 BULLETT BALLETT, Fiction, 87 min.
1995 TOKYO FIST, Fiction, 87 min.
1992 TETSUO II: THE BODY HAMMER, Fiction, 83 min.
1990 HIRUKO, THE GOBLIN, Fiction, 89 min.
1989 TETSUO: THE IRON MAN, Fiction, 67 min.
1987 ADVENTURE OF DENCHU KOZO, Fiction, 47 min.

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Festivals

71st Venice Film Festival - Competition

Pressbook

Year: 
2014
Duration: 
87 min.

Shinya Tsukamoto

Born in Tokyo in 1960, he started making short films from the age of 14, using his father's 8mm camera and a cast of friends and relatives. His short THE ADVENTURES OF DENCHU KOZO (1987) won him his first awards and acclaim in Japan, but it was the now legendary cyberpunk feature TETSUO: THE IRON MAN (1989) that saw him catapulted into the big leagues. It influenced a generation of Western filmmakers including Quentin Tarantino, the Wachowski Brothers and Darren Aronofsky. In 1992 he released the sequel TETSUO II: THE BODY HAMMER, followed by the boxing drama TOKYO FIST. 

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Country: 
Japan Japan
Reviews: 

"What an incredible fall this movie provides. The floor drops away and your heart's in your throat. Tsukamoto (...) boils the whole Pacific theatre into an intimate horror-show (...) It's lurid, it's shocking and it's served up with mustard. Tsukamoto gives us La Grande Illusion by way of grindhouse"
Xan Brooks, THE GUARDIAN

"A harrowing, deeply intense and intimate journey into the heart of darkness (...) lush and beautiful and very well acted by Tsukamoto himself"
Tom Christie, INDIEWIRE

"Highly rewarding"
Deborah Young, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Synopsis: 

 

In the final stages of WWII, the occupying Japanese army in the Philippines is rapidly losing ground, facing local resistance combined with an American offensive. The final few Japanese survivors, having almost been wiped out, have crossed the threshold into a realm where there are no friends, no enemies and no God.

Pressbook: 

Festivals: 

71st Venice Film Festival - Competition

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