Fort Graveyard

Synopsis: Charged with insubordination for punching a superior, Sergeant Kosugi is shipped to China in the last desperate days of the Second World War. His commander, Captain Sakuma, is vicious and dictatorial. Sakuma places Kosugi in charge of training for combat what once was the military band. Kosugi must somehow prepare his inept soldiers for the rigors of combat.
Genre: Drama, Music, War
Director(s): Kihachi Okamoto
  1 win.
132 min

Toei Corporation

Mifune Production

Summer, 1945

Frontline, Northern China

Chi to Suna


Toshiro Mifune

Makoto Sato

Reiko Dan

Tatsuya Nakadai

Yunosuke Ito


Kihachi Okamoto

You're a grumpy-looking bunch.

You should be. I'm the guy who arranged your transfers.

Just like you I've been transferred,...

banished from Division Headquarters

Personnel Dept. to the front line.

How about it?

Coming with me?

Silence means you've agreed.

Let's get along.

Run for it!

What happened to your guns?

I told you to pick them up

from the weapons dept.

We don't know how to fire a gun.

We've just graduated from music school.

Our only weapon is our musical instrument.

I see...

But playing your instruments might draw the enemy.

This area is a guerilla hot spot.

That was hit just yesterday.

What a sorry bunch I'm with.

Let's go!

A tank!

You got lousy ears for musicians.

It's not a tank.

It's one of our trucks.

We'll get a lift.

I'll stop the truck.

Everyone jump in when it stops.

What? It's Oharu.

"What?" That's no way to greet me.

Then... Why?

I've been transferred.

Transferred, where?

I'm going to the same place as you, Kosugi-san.

It's cold.

Let's get going.

Um... we're still wet.

You'll dry off while walking.

Let's go.

We want to go but can't stand up.

Huh? Can't stand?


It's standing but...

Young ones.

You guys are young.

Go back in the river once more

and cool off. Forward crawl.

What's the matter, Kosugi-san?

They all had a spot they forgot to wash,

so I sent them back in.

Go easy on them. They're still kids.

That lady was saying...

The sergeant is an important officer who

won a distinguished service medal.

If he's so important why was

he let go from headquarters?

I think it goes like this:

It involves the woman.

She's in love with the sergeant.

And the commander is in love with her.

"No! No!" she said, running away.

"How about it?" said the commander

while chasing her.

Then the sergeant came barreling in.

Hey! We're in Feijiazhai.

You're digging a pretty deep hole.

Yes. Wolves come around here.


You're digging very carefully.

Five years in the battlefield and

this is all I've been doing.

I'm still a private first class.

I'm Private Mochida.

But everyone calls me the Mortician.

I was a mortician in Tokyo until I was drafted.

This is about the only thing a mortician can do.

The least I can do is allow them

a peaceful rest after burial.

Who died?

No. It's for one who is about to die. How sad.

Badly injured.

There's an Apprentice Officer Obara

in this regiment, right?


What was that... guerilla fire?

No. That was Officer Obara.


Listen. From now on you guys

have nothing to do with me.

This is important. You must remember.

He's started again.

He's really sick.


Sick, I say.

You'll be dead if you don't shape up.

Stack arms!


One shot to forehead center.

Who shot him?

I did.

What about it?

You are a murderer.

A murderer?

You're kidding me.

Everyone fired, you know.

Only one shot hit him.


Well? So What!?

Your first shooting death?

Yeah. I haven't held a rifle in a while.

I'm embarrassed to say in 7 years of service

I've only held a knife as a cook.

I was a chef when I lived in the countryside.

If you think you'll make me cook...

I see.


I apologize.

Hey. I shot him squarely so

he could rest peacefully.

What's wrong with that?

Not wrong, but you don't have

to be the only murderer here.

No one knows who actually hit him.

It's because everyone has one eye closed.

That's death by shooting.

What happens when everyone misses?

By order one guy fires.

The killer is just that one guy.

I see...


Wait! I will take care of him.

So you guys made me the only shooter!

You won't take all the credit

while I get blamed.

This time...

I'll really make you thankful

to this 7-year soldier.

Only rice and water for you guys tonight!

Poor thing.

He's the same age as you guys.

Hey. We meet again.

With her, as usual?

Where's Commander Sakuma?


No need to report.

I know all about you.

Then I will ask you a question.

I also know about it.

"Why did you execute Apprentice Officer Obara?"

Desertion in the presence of the enemy.

Apprentice Officer Obara was

in command of Fort Yakiba.

Also known as Fort Y.K.

The entire Yakiba garrison was killed

in action with the exception of Obara.

Rather than face enemy attack...

Obara withdrew from the battlefield.

Our troops spotted him wandering near

the patrol border and arrested him.

Do you have proof whether he withdrew

before or after the garrison was annihilated?



No, there's no other way to see it.

You question me for such a trivial matter.

You then become violent.

Again you strike a superior officer.

While stationed at Headquarters...

You avoided court-martial due to your outstanding

achievements, but you won't avoid it a second time.

Furthermore, my body is elegantly built.

One blow by you would destroy it.


However, Apprentice Officer Obara was killed in action.

He should be promoted to First Lieutenant.

A non-combat death.

I intend to record a non-combat death

for Second Lieutenant Obara.

Why so concerned?

Do you know him?


But... I feel sorry for you.

Oh? That's a nice thing to say.


Because your body is elegantly built.

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Kihachi Okamoto

Kihachi Okamoto (岡本 喜八, Okamoto Kihachi, February 17, 1924 – February 19, 2005) was a Japanese film director who worked in several different genres. more…

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