“Men Behind The Sun” aka “Black Sun:731” (1988)

Films And Lice


By Jerome Reuter

When The Birth Of A Nation was screened at the white house, Woodrow Wilson described is as ‘writing history with lightning.’ If that’s the case, Men Behind The Sun writes it with napalm. There’s no getting around it, this is one of the most shocking and controversial films of all time. A film that tackles one of the darkest parts of human history, one you weren’t taught in history class.

Men Behind The Sun is a fictional account of war crimes committed by unit 731. Although the account might be dramatized, it’s very close to events that actually took place. Much like the 1985 Soviet film Come And See some characters are fictional. The events that occur in the film however, are firmly based in reality. Because of the graphic portrayal of some of the events in question, this film sometimes gets classified in the exploitation genre…

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