Fires on the Plain

Directed by: Shinya Tsukamoto
87 minutes
VUE Piccadilly
Pic. 4
Fri 25th Sep 19:30
Premiere Screening

Add To Calendar
VUE Piccadilly
Pic. 2
Sun 27th Sep 11:00

Add To Calendar
Sponsored by:
Based on Shohei Ooka’s homonymous anti-war novel and Kon Ichikawa’s 1959 film, Shinya Tsukamoto stages a gory re-imagining of the final few days of the Japanese army on the island of Leyte in the Philippines. An anonymous soldier, starving and suffering from tuberculosis, makes his way through the jungle after he loses his unit and learns that orders have been given to evacuate the island. His journey is a tour-de-force of the horrors and depravities that war bestows on the unfortunate remnants of the Japanese army: attacked from all sides, out of food, out of medical supplies, abandoned to their fate, the men do what they must to survive – most don’t. Tsukamoto’s film vividly embraces the gore of conflict, utilizing special effects and disturbing imagery to great effect. The camera’s hand-held, shaky style during fight scenes helps to envelop the audience in the terror and confusion of combat. Despite the violent visuals and action, at the heart of this film lie human relationships and emotions: the dependence of the soldiers on one another, their need to live to return home to their loved ones and the indelible mark that war makes on men’s minds.
Original Title
87 min
Shinya Tsukamoto
Shinya Tsukamoto
Shinya Tsukamoto
Shinya Tsukamoto
Shinya Tsukamoto
Satoshi Hayashi
Shinya Tsukamoto
Lily Franky
Tatsuya Nakamura
Screening Status
UK Premiere