Cary Joji Fukunaga

Beasts of No Nation

Beasts of No Nation

The nightmare of war is seen through the eyes of one of its most tragic casualties—a child soldier—in this harrowing vision of innocence lost from Cary Joji Fukunaga. Based on the acclaimed novel by Uzodinma Iweala, Beasts of No Nation unfolds in an unnamed, civil-war-torn West African country, where the young Agu (Abraham Attah, in a haunting debut performance) witnesses carnage in his village before falling captive to a band of rebel soldiers led by a ruthless commander (an explosive Idris Elba), who molds the boy into a hardened killer. Fukunaga’s relentlessly roving camera work and stunning visuals—realism so intensely visceral it borders on the surreal—immerse the viewer in a world of unimaginable horror without ever losing sight of the powerful human story at its center.

Film Info

  • United States
  • 2015
  • 136 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.39:1
  • English
  • Spine #1091

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • 2K digital master, approved by director Cary Joji Fukunaga, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New audio commentary featuring Fukunaga and first assistant director Jon Mallard
  • New documentary on the development and making of the film, featuring interviews with Fukunaga; author Uzodinma Iweala; actors Idris Elba and Abraham Attah; and producers Amy Kaufman, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, and Riva Marker
  • New conversation between Fukunaga and film and television producer and cultural commentator Franklin Leonard
  • New interview with costume designer Jenny Eagan
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • English descriptive audio
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Robert Daniels

New cover by Nessim Higson

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Special Features

  • 2K digital master, approved by director Cary Joji Fukunaga, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New audio commentary featuring Fukunaga and first assistant director Jon Mallard
  • New documentary on the development and making of the film, featuring interviews with Fukunaga; author Uzodinma Iweala; actors Idris Elba and Abraham Attah; and producers Amy Kaufman, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, and Riva Marker
  • New conversation between Fukunaga and film and television producer and cultural commentator Franklin Leonard
  • New interview with costume designer Jenny Eagan
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • English descriptive audio
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Robert Daniels

New cover by Nessim Higson

Beasts of No Nation
Cast
Abraham Attah
Agu
Idris Elba
Commandant
Emmanuel Afadzi
Dike
Kurt Egyiawan
2nd I-C
Jude Akuwudike
Supreme Commander Dada Goodblood
Ama K. Abebrese
Mother
Kobina Amissah-Sam
Father
Francis Weddey
Big brother
Emmanuel "King Kong" Nii Adom Quaye
Strika
Credits
Director
Cary Joji Fukunaga
Written for the screen by
Cary Joji Fukunaga
Based on the book by
Uzodinma Iweala
Producers
Amy Kaufman
Daniela Taplin Lundberg
Riva Marker
Cary Joji Fukunaga
Editors
Mikkel E. G. Nielsen
Pete Beaudreau
Costume designer
Jenny Eagan
Production designer
Inbal Weinberg
Music
Dan Romer
Music supervisor
Tracy McNight
Casting
Harrison Nesbit
Art direction
Miles Michael

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Beasts of No Nation: A Different Kind of African War Film
Beasts of No Nation: A Different Kind of African War Film

Cary Joji Fukunaga’s devastating child-soldier movie unflinchingly captures the shock of war without forsaking the complexity of human experience.

By Robert Daniels