United Red Army Poster

Release Date: April 27th, 2011

DVD Release Date: January 17th, 2012

Not Yet Rated|3 hr 10 min

Plot Summary
Japanese student protests soon lead to the formation of a new, left-wing group, the United Red Army. Led by Hiroko Nagata (Akie Namiki) and Tsuneo Mori (Go Jibiki), the band of young adults heads to the mountains for paramilitary training. Despite the group's opposition to Japan's military strategies, the leaders mimic the practice of killing members for minor infractions like kissing. The group's short rise to power culminates in the Asama-Sanso incident, in which many members are assassinated.

Cast: Maki Sakai, Arata , Akie Namiki, Go Jibiki

Director: Kôji Wakamatsu

Genres: Drama

Distributors: Lorber Films

Keywords: Fall, Rivalry, Sacrifice, 1960s, 1970s, House

Ratings & Reviews

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  • The film has a narrative grip and pitiless portrait of idealism run amok that's hard to resist. show more

  • A raw mix of documentary and fiction, directed by Koji Wakamatsu, a veteran of soft-core porn ("Go, Go Second Time Virgin") whose anti-war stunner "Caterpillar" just played here. show more

  • The film's commitment to representing the harsh truths of an unfortunate historical moment is admirable, but it tends to grate rather than illuminate. show more

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