(aka 'Under the Flag of the Rising Sun' or 'Under the Fluttering Military Flag' or 'Gunki hatameku motoni')

directed by Kinji Fukasaku
Japan 1972


  Along with Battle Royale, Under the Flag of the Rising Sun is one of Kinji Fukasaku's most personal works. Sachiko Hidari gives a towering performance as the war widow who returns year after year to the Ministry of Welfare, trying to clear the name of her disgraced husband: a sergeant court-martialed and executed for desertion at the end of the war. Seeking out four survivors from her husband's garrison, she pursues the truth and uncovers a Rashomon like mystery conveyed with all the impact and rage one would expect from Kinji Fukasaku.

Theatrical Release: July 1972 - Tokyo

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DVD Review: Home Vision - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Home Vision Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:36:21 
Video 2.39:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.29 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None

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Studio: Home Vision Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 2.39:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary by Linda Hoaglund
• Interview with Sadao Yamanc
• 2-page liner notes withy essay by Tom Mes

DVD Release Date: June 7th, 2005

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Chapters: 20




Great DVD from Home Vision. Tight 16X9 enhanced image with convincing colors and gray-tones in the non-color sequences. We have very deep blacks and the overall image is quite heavy (saturated to a small degree). Excellent subtitles (as expected from this company) and a unique commentary by subtitler Linda Hoaglund. Tom Mes' liner notes are great. Thanks to HVE for unearthing another majestic Japanese film offering - my life would be far less-rich without you! out of     

Gary W. Tooze


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