History Film / MenBehindTheSun

20th Jul '16 4:41:51 PM Mdumas43073
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Released in 1988, '''''Men Behind The Sun''''' ('''''Hei tai yang 731''''', ''The Black Sun Unit 731'' in native Hong Kong) is a film about the Imperial Japanese Army's Unit 731, which during World War II conducted medical research and biological/chemical weapon experiments on captive human subjects. The film details many of the experiments carried out by the unit, and also follows a group of recruits to the unit's Youth Corps.

''Men Behind The Sun'' is supposed to be a rather horrifyingly accurate depiction of Unit 731's activities in real life. However, the director based it on a fictional novel serialized in a Japanese Communist Party newspaper of questionable quality, to which can be traced the origins of many dubious facts regarding the Unit. Whether the film is a cheap ExploitationFilm or a valid commentary on the behavior of the Japanese Army is debated. Either way, it's almost guaranteed to ruin your day.

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Released in 1988, '''''Men ''Men Behind The Sun''''' ('''''Hei the Sun'' (''Hei tai yang 731''''', 731'', ''The Black Sun Unit 731'' in native Hong Kong) is a film about the Imperial Japanese Army's Unit 731, which during World War II conducted medical research and biological/chemical weapon experiments on captive human subjects. The film details many of the experiments carried out by the unit, and also follows a group of recruits to the unit's Youth Corps.

''Men Behind The the Sun'' is supposed to be a rather horrifyingly accurate depiction of Unit 731's activities in real life. However, the director based it on a fictional novel serialized in a Japanese Communist Party newspaper of questionable quality, to which can be traced the origins of many dubious facts regarding the Unit. Whether the film is a cheap ExploitationFilm or a valid commentary on the behavior of the Japanese Army is debated. Either way, it's almost guaranteed to ruin your day.
11th Jul '16 12:06:09 AM WickedIcon
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Released in 1988, '''''Men Behind The Sun''''' ('''''Hei tai yang 731''''', ''The Black Sun (that is) Unit 731'' in native Hong Kong) is a film about the Imperial Japanese Army's Unit 731, which during World War II conducted medical research and biological/chemical weapon experiments on captive human subjects. The film details many of the experiments carried out by the unit, and also follows a group of recruits to the unit's Youth Corps.

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Released in 1988, '''''Men Behind The Sun''''' ('''''Hei tai yang 731''''', ''The Black Sun (that is) Unit 731'' in native Hong Kong) is a film about the Imperial Japanese Army's Unit 731, which during World War II conducted medical research and biological/chemical weapon experiments on captive human subjects. The film details many of the experiments carried out by the unit, and also follows a group of recruits to the unit's Youth Corps.
20th Apr '16 3:53:49 PM TheJayman49
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* ExploitationFilm

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* ExploitationFilmExploitationFilm: Unintentional, but is regarded as such my some.
23rd Feb '16 10:10:52 PM Dravencour
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* CouldntFindAPen: One of the ''maruta'' scrawls a condemnation of his captors on the wall of his cell [[spoiler:when they're all gassed to death.]]

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* CouldntFindAPen: One of the ''maruta'' scrawls a condemnation of his captors on the wall of his cell in his own blood [[spoiler:when they're all gassed to death.]]
10th Dec '15 7:43:43 PM Vitruvius
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* CouldntFindAPen: One of the ''maruta'' scrawls a message on the wall of his cell [[spoiler:when they're all gassed to death.]]

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* CouldntFindAPen: One of the ''maruta'' scrawls a message condemnation of his captors on the wall of his cell [[spoiler:when they're all gassed to death.]]



* {{Gorn}}: Including a real cadaver.

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* {{Gorn}}: Including a real cadaver.cadaver, cut open on film.



* KickTheDog: Except it's not a dog, it's a cat. And it's not kicked, it's [[spoiler:eaten alive by rats.]]
* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler:The rats]] at the end.

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* KickTheDog: Except it's not a dog, it's a cat. And it's not kicked, it's [[spoiler:eaten alive by rats.]]
]] Also, the mute child is either kicked or [[ShootTheDog shot]], depending on one's view of the scientific value of the act.
* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler:The rats]] Unit 731's rat colony is disposed of with fire at the end.



* RuleOfSymbolism: The image at the top comes from a scene at the end in which someone attacks Ishii and the other 731 leaders for their crimes. The attacker is stabbed with a flag pole. This unlikely weapon is used primarily so that we can see the Japanese flag soiled with blood.



* ShootTheDog: Leaving a baby to freeze to death, and the fate of the mute child.



* TheSpeechless

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* TheSpeechlessTheSpeechless: A mute child serves as an excellent dog for kicking.
27th Nov '14 11:21:28 PM Fireblood
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''Men Behind The Sun'' is supposed to be a rather horrifyingly accurate depiction of Unit 731's activities in real life. However, the director based it on a fictional novel serial in Japanese Communist Party newspaper of questionable quality to which can be traced the origins of many questionable facts regarding the Unit. Whether the film is a cheap ExploitationFilm or a valid commentary on the behavior of the Japanese Army is debated. Either way, it's almost guaranteed to ruin your day.

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''Men Behind The Sun'' is supposed to be a rather horrifyingly accurate depiction of Unit 731's activities in real life. However, the director based it on a fictional novel serial serialized in a Japanese Communist Party newspaper of questionable quality quality, to which can be traced the origins of many questionable dubious facts regarding the Unit. Whether the film is a cheap ExploitationFilm or a valid commentary on the behavior of the Japanese Army is debated. Either way, it's almost guaranteed to ruin your day.



* BasedOnATrueStory - Most or all of the experiments depicted actually took place, as did most of the historical background.

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* BasedOnATrueStory - BasedOnATrueStory: Most or all of the experiments depicted actually took place, as did most of the historical background.



* CouldntFindAPen - One of the ''maruta'' scrawls a message on the wall of his cell [[spoiler:when they're all gassed to death.]]
* CruelAndUnusualDeath - The guy in the pressure chamber.

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* CouldntFindAPen - CouldntFindAPen: One of the ''maruta'' scrawls a message on the wall of his cell [[spoiler:when they're all gassed to death.]]
* CruelAndUnusualDeath - CruelAndUnusualDeath: The guy in the pressure chamber.



* EvilIsHammy - Shiro Ishii, especially when he demonstrates his new bacterial bomb.

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* EvilIsHammy - EvilIsHammy: Shiro Ishii, especially when he demonstrates his new bacterial bomb.



* ForScience - War or not, this was the justification for many researchers.

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* ForScience - ForScience: War or not, this was the justification for many researchers.



* {{Gorn}} - Including a real cadaver.
* HarmlessFreezing - Averted.

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* {{Gorn}} - {{Gorn}}: Including a real cadaver.
* HarmlessFreezing - HarmlessFreezing: Averted.



* KarmaHoudini - As the film points out, Ishii and most of his men escaped judgment after the war.
* KickTheDog - Except it's not a dog, it's a cat. And it's not kicked, it's [[spoiler:eaten alive by rats.]]
* KillItWithFire - [[spoiler:The rats]] at the end.
* LeaveNoSurvivors - When [[spoiler:Japan surrenders and Unit 731 is ordered to disband.]]

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* KarmaHoudini - KarmaHoudini: As the film points out, Ishii and most of his men escaped judgment after the war.
* KickTheDog - KickTheDog: Except it's not a dog, it's a cat. And it's not kicked, it's [[spoiler:eaten alive by rats.]]
* KillItWithFire - KillItWithFire: [[spoiler:The rats]] at the end.
* LeaveNoSurvivors - LeaveNoSurvivors: When [[spoiler:Japan surrenders and Unit 731 is ordered to disband.]]



* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate - And how.
* NoAnimalsWereHarmed: Played straight with the infamous scene of the cat being devoured by rats; it was red-dyed honey and the cat was rewarded with fish before being sent home to its owner. Averted with the rats themselves, [[spoiler:which were actually set on fire.]] No word either way on the gas chamber dove.
* PleaseIWillDoAnything - Invoked word-for-word.
* SequelDecay - The film was followed by several sequels, none of which were anywhere near as shocking as the original.
* ShootTheDog - Leaving a baby to freeze to death, and the fate of the mute child.
* SlowClap - When Ishii demonstrates his low-temperature bacterial bomb.

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* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate - MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: And how.
* NoAnimalsWereHarmed: Played straight {{Played straight}} with the infamous scene of the cat being devoured by rats; it was red-dyed honey and the cat was rewarded with fish before being sent home to its owner. Averted with the rats themselves, [[spoiler:which were actually set on fire.]] No word either way on the gas chamber dove.
* PleaseIWillDoAnything - Invoked PleaseIWillDoAnything: {{Invoked}} word-for-word.
* SequelDecay - SequelDecay: The film was followed by several sequels, none of which were anywhere near as shocking as the original.
* ShootTheDog - ShootTheDog: Leaving a baby to freeze to death, and the fate of the mute child.
* SlowClap - SlowClap: When Ishii demonstrates his low-temperature bacterial bomb.



* WouldHurtAChild - Several.

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* WouldHurtAChild - WouldHurtAChild: Several.
15th Dec '13 3:19:44 PM enderheisenberg
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Released in 1988, '''''Men Behind The Sun''''' ('''''Hei tai yang 731''''', ''The Black Sun (That is) Unit 731'' in native Hong Kong) is a film about the Imperial Japanese Army's Unit 731, which during World War II conducted medical research and biological/chemical weapon experiments on captive human subjects. The film details many of the experiments carried out by the unit, and also follows a group of recruits to the unit's Youth Corps.

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Released in 1988, '''''Men Behind The Sun''''' ('''''Hei tai yang 731''''', ''The Black Sun (That (that is) Unit 731'' in native Hong Kong) is a film about the Imperial Japanese Army's Unit 731, which during World War II conducted medical research and biological/chemical weapon experiments on captive human subjects. The film details many of the experiments carried out by the unit, and also follows a group of recruits to the unit's Youth Corps.
15th Dec '13 3:19:28 PM enderheisenberg
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Released in 1988, '''''Men Behind The Sun''''' ('''''Hei tai yang 731''''' in native Hong Kong) is a film about the Imperial Japanese Army's Unit 731, which during World War II conducted medical research and biological/chemical weapon experiments on captive human subjects. The film details many of the experiments carried out by the unit, and also follows a group of recruits to the unit's Youth Corps.

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Released in 1988, '''''Men Behind The Sun''''' ('''''Hei tai yang 731''''' 731''''', ''The Black Sun (That is) Unit 731'' in native Hong Kong) is a film about the Imperial Japanese Army's Unit 731, which during World War II conducted medical research and biological/chemical weapon experiments on captive human subjects. The film details many of the experiments carried out by the unit, and also follows a group of recruits to the unit's Youth Corps.
19th Mar '13 6:09:31 PM Peteman
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* HarmlessFreezing - Averted ''so'' hard.

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* HarmlessFreezing - Averted ''so'' hard.Averted.
7th Mar '13 12:58:00 PM sturmkolonne
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''Men Behind The Sun'' is actually a rather horrifyingly accurate depiction of Unit 731's activities in real life. Whether the film is a cheap ExploitationFilm or a valid commentary on the behavior of the Japanese Army is debated. Either way, it's almost guaranteed to ruin your day.

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''Men Behind The Sun'' is actually supposed to be a rather horrifyingly accurate depiction of Unit 731's activities in real life.life. However, the director based it on a fictional novel serial in Japanese Communist Party newspaper of questionable quality to which can be traced the origins of many questionable facts regarding the Unit. Whether the film is a cheap ExploitationFilm or a valid commentary on the behavior of the Japanese Army is debated. Either way, it's almost guaranteed to ruin your day.
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