Open City Documentary Festival

7 – 13 September 2022
in London

The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On + Q&A (1987)

Location BFI Southbank, Director Kazuo Hara, Country Japan, Duration 122, Date Event has passed

In this venerated classic, Kazuo Hara follows World War II veteran Kenzo Okuzaki on his quest to expose Emperor Hirohito and the officers who killed their own soldiers in his name. Under Hara’s watchful eye, Okuzaki seeks out the perpetrators one-by-one in a series of bizarre and increasingly violent encounters, provoking outrage, anger and the occasional astounding confession. Situated somewhere between farce and horror, Hara’s hugely influential film pushes the limits of the documentary form, following OkuzakiJapan’s ultimate anti-establishmentarianfor more than five years in his tireless, impassioned pursuit of justice.

+ Q&A with Kazuo Hara, hosted by Tony Rayns (critic and programmer with a special interest in East Asian cinema)

Supported by Japan Foundation London