Fires On The Plain: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1959) / Region 1
Fires On The Plain: The Criterion Collection

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Fires On The Plain: The Criterion Collection

An agonizing portrait of desperate Japanese soldiers stranded in a strange land during World War II and the lengths they go to survive, Kon Ichikawa's Fires On The Plain is a compelling descent into psychological and physical oblivion. Denied hospital treatment for tuberculosis and cast off into the unknown, Private Tamura treks across an unfamiliar Filipino landscape, encountering an increasingly debased cross-section of Imperial Army soldiers. Grisly yet poetic, Fires On The Plain is one of the most powerful works from one of Japanese cinema's most versatile filmmakers.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Jan 08 2007
  • Production Year 1959
  • Empire SKU 1284471
  • UPC Code 715515022620
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


New video interview with Japanese-film scholar Donald Richie
New video interview with director Kon Ichikawa and actor Mickey Curtis
PLUS: A new essay by film critic Chuck Stephen


  • Audio
    Japanese Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 2.35:1 B&W (Anamorphic)



  • Masaichi Nagata


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