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Caterpillar
     

Caterpillar

Director: Koji Wakamatsu

Cast: Shinobu Terajima, Shima Ohnishi, Ken Yoshizawa

 
The horror of war comes home for one couple in this drama from director Koji Wakamatsu. In 1940, Lt. Kyuzo Kurokawa (Shima Ohnishi) is a soldier in the Japanese army, fighting the Chinese in the second Sino-Japanese War. Kyuzo is a warrior with little sense of restraint or fair play, and when he returns

Overview

The horror of war comes home for one couple in this drama from director Koji Wakamatsu. In 1940, Lt. Kyuzo Kurokawa (Shima Ohnishi) is a soldier in the Japanese army, fighting the Chinese in the second Sino-Japanese War. Kyuzo is a warrior with little sense of restraint or fair play, and when he returns home to his wife, Shigeko (Shinobu Terajima), he's clearly paid a high price for his ferocity -- he's lost both arms and legs, and his face is covered with burns. Shigeko is horrified by what's become of Kyuzo, and at first considers putting him out of his misery, but though he has trouble speaking he's able to express his desire to survive, and she devotes her days to caring for her man. Kyuzo is considered a great hero by most in the community, and Shigeko enjoys the respect and consideration that comes with being the wife of a "war god," but though Kyuzo is dependent on Shigeko for his every need, he shows her little respect and is bitter and demanding. Shigeko's anger and resentment toward Kyuzo grows, and when he begins to object to being displayed in public, Shigeko finds she can no longer control her anger. Caterpillar was an official selection at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/17/2012
UPC:
0738329077525
Original Release:
2010
Source:
Lorber Films (Kino)
Time:
1:24:00
Sales rank:
80,436

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Shinobu Terajima Shigeko Kurokawa
Shima Ohnishi Kyuzo Kurokawa
Ken Yoshizawa Kenzo Kurokawa
Keigo Kasuya Tadashi Kurokawa
Emi Masuda Chiyo Kurokawa
Sabu Kawahara The Village Chief
Maki Ishikawa The Wife of the Village Chief
Daisuke Iijima The Headquarters Officer
Maria Abe Chinese Woman #1
Mariko Terada Chinese Woman #2
Yasuyo Shiba Chinese Woman #3
Ryo Mukuta Japanese Soldier
Taneko Yayoi
Naoko Orikasa Toshiko
Sanshiro Kobayashi Villageman #1
Takaaki Kaneko Villageman #2
Go Jibiki Military Officer #1
Arata Military Officer #2

Technical Credits
Koji Wakamatsu Director,Executive Producer
Deru Deguchi Screenwriter
Shuichi Kakesu Editor
Mamoru Ko Musical Direction/Supervision
Sally Kubota Score Composer
Yukio Kubota Sound/Sound Designer
Hisako Kurosawa Screenwriter
Hiromi Nozawa Art Director
Yumi Okada Score Composer
Noriko Ozaki Co-producer
Yoshihisa Toda Cinematographer
Tomohiko Tsuji Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Caterpillar
1. Fight For Country [6:53]
2. Alive [8:07]
3. Local Hero [8:18]
4. Worker [5:48]
5. Drafted [5:59]
6. Seasons [6:44]
7. Neighborhood Association [6:48]
8. Blackout [7:33]
9. Bombing of Tokyo [7:56]
10. Maimed for Country [7:06]
11. Eat & Sleep [6:23]
12. Dying For Empire [6:26]

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