NOBI (Fires on the Plain) Dir. Ichikawa Kon, 1959. 108 mins.
One of the most harrowing (and brilliant) war films ever made. Nobi follows a company of Japanese soldiers virtually abandoned without supplies on the island of Leyte during the final stages of WWII. The central character is Private Tamura, who struggles to retain his humanity amidst the mounting horrors. Ichikawa’s masterpiece is a far cry from the more glamorous portrayal of the Japanese military common on cinema screens nowadays.