VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

CATERPILLAR

V' 10

CATERPILLAR

Koji Wakamatsu
Japan, 2010
Fiction, 85min, OmeU

CATERPILLAR

Koji Wakamatsu
Japan, 2010
Fiction, 85min, OmeU

Cast: 
Terajima Shinobu
Kurokawa Shigeko
Onishi Shima
Kurokawa Kyuzo
Yoshizawa Ken
Kurokawa Kenzo
Kasuya Keigo
Kurokawa Tadashi
Masuda Emi
Kurokawa Chiyo
Kawahara Sabu
Bürgermeister
Ishikawa Maki
Frau des Bürgermeisters
Screenplay: 
Kurosawa Hisako
Deguchi Deru
Sound: 
Kubota Yukio
Camera: 
Tsuji Tomohiko
Toda Yoshihisa
Editor: 
Kakesu Shuichi
Composer: 
Kunota Sally
Okada Yumi
Decoration: 
Ishida Hiromi
Costume: 
Myamoto Masae

Production: 
Wakamatsu Production Skhole Corporation
World Sales: 
Dissidenz International
Format: 
35 mm
Color and Black/White

During the Second Sino-Japanese War, in 1940, Lieutenant Kurokawa returns home as a honored and decorated soldier, but deprived of his arms and legs lost in the battle in mainland China. All hopes, from the villagemen and women to close family members, turn to the Lieutenant’s wife Shigeko: she must honor the Emperor and the country in setting an example for all by fulfilling her duty and taking care of the “god soldier”.
I had the idea for this new film while I was shooting United Red Army. I felt that, in order to understand the youngsters of the 60’s and 70’s, you should first describe their parents’ era, the time of the Pacific War. Describing a war doesn’t just mean describing the shooting and the battles. The people who are most affected by war are the women and children who don’t even fight. (Wakamatsu Koji)