Nikudan (1968)

Run Time - 109 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |  
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A clever injunction against war, this film by director Kihachi Okamoto centers on the character of a dedicated, old-fashioned soldier (Minoru Terada) versus the changes going on around him at the end of World War II. Slow on the uptake and innocent, the soldier still manages to handle the deprivations he and others face due to of Japan's prolonged war effort. Now he has been assigned the task of being a "human bullet." He is supposed to guide a torpedo all the way to an enemy ship when the bay around Tokyo is invaded. His assignment, though, is soon forgotten, and there he is, floating out in the water off Tokyo, unaware that the war has ended.