Dir. Arthur Harari, 2021, France, Japan, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Cambodia, 180 min, DCP, color
With Yûya Endô, Kanji Tsuda, and Yûya Matsuura
In Japanese with English subtitles
Cannes Film Festival 2021 – Un Certain Regard Award Nominee
César Awards 2022 – Best Screenplay Winner
César Awards 2022 – Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Film Nominee
Onoda, 10,000 Nights in the Jungle tells the unbelievable true story of a Japanese intelligence officer in the Imperial Army who was stationed on the Philippine island of Lubang during World War II, and, due to a combination of duty, nationalistic pride, and stubborness, ended up marooned there for nearly 30 years, leading guerilla attacks and believing Japan was still at war. French filmmaker Arthur Harari delivers a cinematic epic that begins as a war film, shifts to a survival thriller and ultimately becomes a deeply emotional character study on the psychological effects of war.
“The steady, classical directorial approach is a virtue in this ruggedly straightforward, well-staged war-film-without-a-war.” – Jessica Kiang, Variety