United Red Army

United Red Army

DVD - 2012 | Japanese
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Interspersed with archival footage relating the origins of the political unrest of the 1960, the film introduces the young men and women who will ultimately go on to become militant activists seeking to overthrow the established world order. As two of the most radical student groups come together to form the United Red Army (URA) and head into the mountains to conduct a training camp, ideology devolves into despotism, and the URA's leaders begin to persecute their own followers.
Publisher: [United States] : Lorber Films, [2012]
Branch Call Number: DVD (JAPANESE)
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 190 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Jitsuroku, Rengō Sekigun


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Dec 27, 2014

In the early 70s two radical student groups in Japan united to form the “United Red Army”. This docu-drama attempts to recreate the story behind their formation and subsequent illegal activities. Mixing grainy stock footage with a poorly made student film makes for a very confusing and very boring mess and quite a few of us walked out after the first 30 minutes. Oh, just to warn you, it’s THREE HOURS LONG. Run away, run awayyyyy!

May 20, 2013

This documentary is a sharp contrast to the stern/repressed/nice appearance that the Japanese have wanted to give to the world. This doc shows a society with deep tensions, faced with an abusive and corrupt government. It has plenty of violence, but no action. How come? By showing real violence, which is clumsy, both verbally and physically: no flying kicks, no charismatic characters, just flesh and bone people, full of limitations.

Jul 26, 2012

At the moment, most of the Japanese are quite unhappy with the current goverment and its policies, but they seem to do nothing to improve their own government, let alone resorting to revolution.
How come the Japanese seem to be unconcerned about the deteriolated political and economical situations?
Well...this movie might give you an answer.
In the 1960s, the unhappy youth took an initiative to better Japan as if to imitate the Meiji Restoration.
Unlike the youth in the Mriji Restoration, however, the leaders of the United Red Army literally went nuts, arbitarily persecuting their own followers and staging harrowing oedeals that culminated in violence and murder.
Probably, those insane incidents might have given the Japanese a nationalistic trauma and made them stay away from politics.


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