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Director Kazuo Hara Japan 1987

122 min., OV with English subs

Followed by a talk with Necati Sönmez and Tarik Merida

ゆきゆきて、神軍 / The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On

Kenzo Okuzaki, a veteran of the Imperial Army and survivor of the war in New Guinea, single-handedly challenges the postwar political establishment of Japan. Holding the Emperor responsible for the war crimes, Okuzaki protests in various ways such as driving around with anti-government slogans, distributing the Emperor's naked images, and attempting to kill the officer who ordered the execution of his fellow soldiers. Five years in the making, Kazuo Hara's documentary defies the colonial power from within.

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Necati Sönmez works as a film critic, journalist and documentary filmmaker. He is the initiator of Which Human Rights? Film Festival and one of the founders of Documentarist – Istanbul Documentary Days, which soon became the most important documentary festival in Turkey. He has served as jury member in over 30 festivals and curated documentary programmes as a guest curator. For 2021 he is a fellow at bi’bak.

Tarik Merida is an assistant professor of Japanese Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. He first studied East Asian studies and history before receiving a PhD in Japanese Studies at Heidelberg University. He has published widely on the topic of race and imperialism in Japanese history.