Caterpillar

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Released 2010

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Director:
Koji Wakamatsu
Released:
2010
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In 1940, during the Second Sino-Japanese War, the people of a rural Japanese village eagerly await a hero's return. But Lt. Kurokawa's wife, Shigeko, receives a horrifying shock: Her husband has lost his arms and legs. Nevertheless, the villagers depend on Shigeko to do her duty to her country by caring for her mutilated husband. Shinobu Terajima, Keigo Kasuya and Emi Masuda star in this historical drama about the grim aftermath of war.

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  • 75

    New York Post V.A. Musetto

    The Japanese anti-war drama Caterpillar is difficult to watch. But it's directed, acted and photographed well, and it's worth seeing even if it makes you uncomfortable.

  • 70

    The New York Times Mike Hale

    Shinobu Terajima, a major figure in Japan who won the best actress award at the 2010 Berlin film festival for Caterpillar, is effective as the wife, though Mr. Wakamatsu is more in...

  • 60

    Time Out New York Joshua Rothkopf

    Based on a banned short story from the 1920s, Caterpillar might be read as a reaction to hawkish nationalism, but it's more a cry for the unknown soldier in the kitchen and bedroom.

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