Archive of films Onoda - 10 000 Nights in the Jungle / Onoda

France / Japan / Germany / Belgium / Italy / Cambodia
2021, 167 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2021

Japan, 1944. 22-year-old Hiroo Onoda completes his special military training. Unlike the kamikaze pilots who were being recruited around the same time in order to sacrifice their lives for Japan, Onoda is not allowed to die – at any price. This unexpected hit at Cannes explores the ethics of war, forms of patriotism, male friendship, and solitude.


Synopsis

Japan, 1944. 22-year-old Hiroo Onoda completes his special military training. Unlike the kamikaze pilots who were being recruited around the same time in order to sacrifice their lives for Japan, Onoda is not allowed to die. He is sent to the small Philippine island of Lubang, where he and a small unit are tasked with fighting a guerilla war against the approaching Americans. The Japanese empire surrenders a year later, but Onoda is determined to hold his position… Arthur Harari shot his film, an unexpected hit at Cannes, with the light touch of a great cinematic storyteller. Paying homage to 1970s cinema, in particular in terms of subtle stylistic references, he presents a clear story about the ethics of war, forms of patriotism, male friendship, and solitude.

Martin Horyna

About the director

Arthur Harari (1981, Paris). Selected filmography: Des jours dans la rue (2005, short), La main sur la gueule (2007, medium-length), In Vain (Peine perdue, 2013, medium-length), Dark Inclusion (Diamant noir, 2016), Onoda – 10 000 Nights in the Jungle (Onoda, 2021)​​​.​

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About the film

Color, DCP
International premiere

Section: Horizons
   
Director: Arthur Harari
Screenplay: Arthur Harari, Vincent Poymiro
Dir. of Photography: Tom Harari
Music: Sebastiano De Gennaro, Enrico Gabrielli, Andrea Poggio, Sato Gak, Olivier Marguerit
Editor: Laurent Sénéchal
Art Director: Brigitte Brassart
Producer: Nicolas Anthomé
Production: bathysphere
Coproduction: To Be Continued, Ascent Films, Pandora Film Production, Chipangu, Frakas Production, Anti-Archive
Cast: Endô Yūya, Tsuda Kanji, Matsuura Yūya, Chiba Tetsuya
Sales: Le Pacte

Guests

Nicolas Anthomé

Producer

YouTube

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