Fires on the Plain Film Still

Fires on the Plain

Kon Ichikawa

 
Fires on the Plain (Criterion DVD)

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  • Japan
  • 1959
  • 104 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #378

An agonizing portrait of desperate Japanese soldiers stranded in a strange land during World War II, Kon Ichikawa’s Fires on the Plain is a compelling descent into psychological and physical oblivion. Denied hospital treatment for tuberculosis and cast off into the unknown, Private Tamura treks across an unfamiliar Philippine landscape, encountering an increasingly debased cross section of Imperial Army soldiers, who eventually give in to the most terrifying craving of all. Grisly yet poetic, Fires on the Plain is one of the most powerful works from one of Japanese cinema’s most versatile filmmakers.

Credits

DirectorKon Ichikawa
ProducerMasaichi Nagata
Original storyShohei Ooka
ScreenplayNatto Wada
CinematographySetsuo Kobayashi
EditingTatsuji Nakashizu
Production designTokuji Shibata
MusicYasushi Akutagawa

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • New video introduction by Japanese-film scholar Donald Richie
  • New video interviews with director Kon Ichikawa and actor Mickey Curtis
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A new essay by film critic Chuck Stephens

    New cover by Michael Boland

Film Essays

Fires on the Plain: Both Ends Burning

By Chuck Stephens March 12, 2007

Across an eighty-plus-film career as marred by indifferently rendered studio assignments as it is marked with peerless visual innovations and boldly imagined literary adaptations, director Kon . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Fires on the Plain

By Terrence Rafferty November 14, 1995

Tamura (Eiji Funakoshi), the hero of Kon Ichikawa’s overwhelming Fires on the Plain, may be the loneliest man in the history of the movies—lonelier than the spiritual pilgrims of Bergman, . . . Read more »

Film Essays

Fires on the Plain: Both Ends Burning

By Chuck Stephens March 12, 2007

Across an eighty-plus-film career as marred by indifferently rendered studio assignments as it is marked with peerless visual innovations and boldly imagined literary adaptations, director Kon . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Fires on the Plain

By Terrence Rafferty November 14, 1995

Tamura (Eiji Funakoshi), the hero of Kon Ichikawa’s overwhelming Fires on the Plain, may be the loneliest man in the history of the movies—lonelier than the spiritual pilgrims of Bergman, . . . Read more »