Unearthed Readies Philosophy of a Knife
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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