DVD - 2011 | Japanese
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Set during the time of the Second Sino-Japanese War, Caterpillar tells the story of a Japanese soldier who returns home horrifically mutilated. Lieutenant Kurokawa is literally nothing but a human torso: he has lost both his arms and legs, and with burns covering half his face, he is also unable to speak. His wife, Shigeko (Shinobu Terajima), is given the grueling task of looking after him, which, in addition to feeding and washing him, includes the job of satisfying his sexual desires -- impulses that remain as strong as ever in spite of his disabled condition. Taught to be dutiful and to do her part for her country, Shigeko bears her burden -- but as she realizes that her husband's life lies entirely in her hands, she begins to question the role she has accepted.
Publisher: New York : Lorber Films : Kino Lorber Education [distributor], c2011
Branch Call Number: DVD (JAPANESE)
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 84 min.) : sd., b&w and col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Kyatapirā


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Aug 04, 2016

This is a 2010 Japanese war drama directed by Kōji Wakamatsu (若松孝二), partially based on Edogawa Rampo (江戸川乱歩)'s banned short-story "The Caterpillar."
The film deals with various issues such as war crimes, handicapped veterans and spousal abuse as well as sexual perversion with graphic sex scenes.
At heart it is a powerful indictment of war in general---Japan's militaristic past in particular.
It is one of the best anti-war films I've ever seen.

rdl727 Aug 15, 2012

This was a tough film to get through and I'm not easily put off by sadness or real-life injuries. (Not slasher/horror stuff--that I have no stomach for.) It was not Lt. Kurokawa's truly horrific injuries that bothered me but his character. I don't believe you were supposed to find him sympathetic. I sure didn't. I mean, you have your moments but this man was an enormously flawed and violent being before he went to war, during the war, and was a major jerk when he came home. The movie definitely shows us human nature (and how war changes us both soldiers and civilians) which was why I chose it but the lieutenant was so appalling to me I couldn't enjoy it much. It wasn't thought-provoking (for me) because I just wanted to forget it.


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