MADE IN JAPAN: CATERPILLAR [KYATAPIRA | IMOMUSHI | キャタピラー]

http://www.wakamatsukoji.org/

http://www.dissidenz-intl.com/2010/01/caterpillar-by-koji-wakamatsu/

A once-banned story is finally coming to the big screen: based on Edogawa Rampo’s 1929 horror-fantasy short story CATERPILLAR offers a critical look at Japanese nationalism, sexual transgressions as a result of sexual politics and the hypocrisy of patriotic duty.

The story is about the relationship of a horribly maimed soldier returning home from China and his wife. Set during the second Sino-Japanese war, Koji Wakamatsu’s work will most certainly stir controversy in Japan, but without any doubt is an important contribution to the discussion on Japan’s fascist past. The movie was first screened during the Berlinale Festival and now opens in Japan in August. The cast includes Shinobu Terajima, Keigo Kasuya, Sabu Kawahara, Go Jibiki, Arata, Karsuyuki Shinohara, Daisuke Iijima, Ichiro Ogura, Sanshiro Kobayashi, Mariko Terada and Ken Furusawa.

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