NYFF Velvet Bullets and Steel Kisses: Celebrating the Nikkatsu Centennial

Mud and Soldiers

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Mud and Soldiers
Tsuchi to heitai | Tomotaka Tasaka, 1939
Japanese with English subtitles | Format: 35mm | 120 minutes

Shooting on location in China, Tomotaka Tasaka presents a low-key but stirring account of the day-to-day travails and camaraderie of Japanese soldiers, swapping individual heroics for devotion to the group spirit. Tasaka’s typically clear-eyed treatment, which includes an extraordinary battle scene and an assault on a farmhouse, was so documentary-like in its feel for detail that when Americans later captured a print of the film, it was edited into a training reel for U.S. troops.

Series: NYFF Velvet Bullets and Steel Kisses: Celebrating the Nikkatsu Centennial

Venue: New York Film Festival

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