Caterpillar Poster

Release Date: May 6th, 2011

DVD Release Date: January 17th, 2012

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 25 min

Plot Summary
After serving his country in the Second Sino-Japanese War, hardened soldier Lt. Kyuzo Kurokawa (Shima Ônishi) returns home a changed man. Since he lost his arms and legs in battle, his wife, Shigeko (Shinobu Terajima), contemplates putting him out of his misery until she discovers he still has the will to live. But, despite welcoming the prominence that comes with being the loving caretaker of the village war hero, Shigeko quietly begins to take her revenge for Kyuzo's past transgressions.

Cast: Shinobu Terajima, Keigo Kasuya, Emi Masuda, Sabu Kawahara, Shima Ônishi

Director: Kôji Wakamatsu

Genres: Historical drama, War

Ratings & Reviews

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  • The Japanese anti-war drama Caterpillar is difficult to watch. But it's directed, acted and photographed well, and it's worth seeing even if it makes you uncomfortable. show more

  • Based on a banned short story from the 1920s, Caterpillar might be read as a reaction to hawkish nationalism, but it's more a cry for the unknown soldier in the kitchen and bedroom. show more

  • Essentially a sexually charged two-hander with blunt allegorical implications, Kôji Wakamatsu's one-note follow-up to United Red Army is a disappointing affair, visually indifferent and thematically simplistic. show more

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