For someone whose earlier films are full of what some call “dream logic” and hallucinatory images, it seems strange that Andrey Iskanov (Visions of Suffering, Nails) would want to tackle a documentary. But tackle one he did with the help of Unearthed Films for the DVD company’s first original production, Philosophy of a Knife.
Being touted as one of the most violent, brutal and harrowing films ever made, Philosophy of a Knife is even more horrifying because it is, more or less, a true story about Japanese Unit 731, a covert biological and chemical R&D unit of the Japanese Imperial Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War and WWII. Philosophy tells the story of Unit 731 both as a feature, from the perspective of a nurse and a solider forced to commit atrocities, and a documentary, using former doctor and military translator Anatoly Protasov. Protasov was the man who translated most of the top-secret documents during the prosecution of the soldiers involved with Unit 731, so he was privy to information no one else could know.
Unearthed is planning a pretty big push for Philosophy of a Knife, but its four-hour run time is going to relegate it to DVD only. I’m sure a festival crowd would eat it up if given the chance, but I doubt many festivals could handle it.
The DVD is out on July 8th, but I have a copy of the movie sitting to my right so expect a review sooner than that. I just have to find four hours somewhere…
Check out more Philosophy of a Knife pics, which are very much NOT WORK SAFE, below, and keep it here for more soon!
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