Fires on the Plain

Synopsis: A Japanese soldier endures illness, starvation and brutality in the Philippines at the tail end of WW2.
Genre: Drama, War
Director(s): Shin'ya Tsukamoto
Production: Kaijyu Theater
  3 wins & 3 nominations.
87 min


A Kaijyu Theatre production

Adapted from Shohei Ooka's novel

A film by Shinya Tsukamoto


You have TB and you can't even

forage for food.

Can you dig a bomb shelter?

Can you? Answer me!

Yes, sir!

You can't.

Go then!

To the hospital.


Don't waste it.


Private Tamura, 14th

Independent infantry regiment.

My squad leader sent me here.

Are you sick?

It's my lungs.

That's no reason to come here!

You have food?

Yes, sir.


Private Tamura.

Return to the squad.


You're discharged. Go.

Why are you back?

You're still sick!

Come back when you

can serve my squad.

You're early. You had 5 days

of rations.

What's your problem?

It wasn't a 5-day ration.

We already ate it.

These men are injured.

I have no time for you.

Why come back like he said?

Don't give up.

Tell him you have no place to go.

If the surgeon won't admit you

kill yourself.

Make use of your grenade.

That way

you'd be doing a service.

Sir, I will go to the field hospital

and kill myself if I'm turned away.


Good luck.

Yes, sir.

You gave away your rations so

there are no more.

I don't know which is better,

to go or to stay.

I won't kill you.

I won't.

Give me that.

And that.

I'll get you yams.


It's you again.

You won't quit.

Move those men outside.

They're untreatable anyway.

Cook this one so I can eat it.

If you give me half.

I can't eat this raw.

So give me half.

Go and do something useful, idiot.

Want to swap your yarn

for a smoke?

Why not treat yourself

before you die?

Hey, come on.


Why not swap your yarn?


Please give me your yam.

It has to be the whole yam.

Keep the cigarette.


I don't smoke.

Now leave me alone.



Cook it.

Thank you.

You're like

a bunch of deserters.

You cowards.


Don't let the enemy take

the island!

Don't surrender...

How's your leg?

It hurts.

I'll be right here.

Don't expect anything from me.

I'm just... lonely.

You're always crying, you sissy.



Why are you telling me that now?

Are you surprised?

Not at all. It's common enough.


You fool!

Listen to me.

I abandoned my son.

I was just a student.

My brother looked after him.

I was told to stay away.

I only got to meet him

when I was drafted.

That's when...

My son said, "So long, Father."

You're a sinner, Old man.

That's why I'm prepared to die

in this hellhole.

Give it back!


Those yams are for the patients.

Get up!

I've got yams!

Stop! Sir!


You can have mine.

Let him off.

You have an attitude.

You have a problem?

Get up, Old man!


My stomach...


I need fire.

If I can make fire...

I'll come back.

Damn, there's nothing!

Right, I need fire.

Any matches here?

I need matches.

I won't kill you.

I won't kill you.

I won't kill you!

I won't kill you!

I won't.

I won't kill you.

I won't kill you!

I won't kill you!

I won't kill you!

I won't!

It's too much to carry.

I'm with the 14th Independent

infantry regiment, Murayama squad!

The Murayama squad...

Didn't they die?


The enemy attacked

while I was at the hospital.

What for?

My lung$

I had a suspicion that an outsider

was in the area.

Where were you?

And your rifle?

I lost it in the stream.

That's enough yarns to get us

to Palompon.

To Palompon?

You didn't know?

All personnel on Leyte have orders

to go to Palompon.

The top brass finally noticed

how bad it is.

Everyone's retreating.

They'll send us to Cebu by ship.

So you wandered around cluelessly?

We'll pack our yarns and go.

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