I thought of catching up on some history with no inkling that the Chinese movie filmed in 1988 could be so graphic. I thought it was going to be a documentary with photos and mono-color films retrieved from the history archives. I was mistaken.
For starters, I applaud the cast and crew for not holding back in recreating the atrocities which was committed and could be committed against humanity. Director T.F. Mou gave a stark portrayal of the horrific human experiments in Unit 731 headed by Lt. Gen. Ishii Shiro and no gory detail was spared. The first death at the start of the movie was a young Japanese soldier who ran into a high-voltage electric fence to escape from his superior. What followed was indescribably gory that had me skipping a few scenes. I’m pretty sure a bunch of rats were burnt alive in the making of this film.
My thoughts on the movie?
Grossed out. I’m completely grossed out. I don’t even want to write about it in detail but neither am I able to sit still without drumming up my keyboard to comment on this film. I felt that I had to watch to get a sense of what happened in the 2nd World War and what cruelty people could be capable of committing.
It is as stomach-churning as watching a PETA video where minks are skinned alive.
It is not for the faint-hearted or those with weak stomachs.
It is the kind of movie you should watch before you die (but only just once).