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April 14, 2021

Episode 515: Under the Flag of the Rising Sun (1972)

Special Guest: Linda Hoaglund
Guest Co-Hosts: Rob St. Mary, Chris Stachiw

Rob St. Mary returns to The Projection Booth to discuss Kinji Fukasaku's 1972 anti-war film, Under the Flag of the Rising Sun. The film stars Sachiko Hidari as the widow of Sgt. Katsuo Togashi who died in WWII. His death certificate is unclear about how he died and, thus, she can't claim survivor benefits.

The authorities are either unable or, more likely, unwilling to help her so she investigates her husband's death, tracking down his fellow soldiers and unraveling a Rashomon-like story of what might have really happened to him.

Along with Rob, Chris Stachiw joins Mike to talk about Fukasaku's film as well as Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers / Letters from Iwo Jima double feature. Translator and filmmaker Linda Hoaglund provides insight on Fukasaku's motivations during her interview.

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  1. Another great episode! Great job guys. I suspect Fukasaku only accepted the Tora Tora Tora job just so he could produce this movie.

    Also, Masaki Kobayashi's Human Condition trilogy (which Linda briefly mentioned in her interview) is another great series of films about the war from the Japanese point of view.

    1. Thanks for the heads up. Always looking for more great films dealing with that period of history.