United Red Army


“Progresses from breathless history lesson to grueling chamber piece to tense action thriller.” — Dennis Lim, The New York Times

Official Selection: Berlin

Koji Wakamatsu’s epic docudrama explores the political unrest of 1960s Japan, when mass student uprisings coincided with the beginnings of the far-left United Red Army group, which tortured and murdered its “deviant” members during a 1972 training session. An uncompromising piece of filmmaking from one of Japan’s most controversial filmmakers, with a score by American musician (and ex-Sonic Youth member) Jim O’Rourke.

Japan, 2008, 190 minutes
Japanese with English Subtitles
Available in digital formats only

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