11. Movie Title: Philosophy of a Knife (2008)
The true history of Japanese Unit 731, from its beginnings in the 1930s to its demise in 1945, and the subsequent trials in Khabarovsk, USSR, of many of the Japanese doctors from Unit 731. The facts are told, and previously unknown evidence is revealed by an eyewitness to these events, former doctor and military translator, Anatoly Protasov. Part documentary and part feature, the story is shown from the perspective of a young Japanese nurse who witnessed many of horrors, and a young Japanese officer who is torn between his sincere convictions that he is serving the greater purpose, and the deep sympathy he feels for an imprisoned Russian girl. His life is a living hell as he’s compelled to carry out atrocious experiments on the other prisoners, using them as guinea pigs in this shocking tale of mankind’s barbarity. “Philosophy of a Knife” is truly one of the most violent, brutal and harrowing movies ever made.
Talk about a “tough trip”. I think the fact that “Philosophy of a Knife” was inspired by true events is what made it even harder to get through. Like, I sat there, clenching my pillow through the whole film. I sweat and rocked back and forth as seconds away from fireworks to explode (crying). Usually, the only films to get me emotional like this are Disney films. Yes, I said it. I cried off of “Beauty and the Beast” and “Frozen”. Don’t judge me.
Fun Fact: All digital visual effects used in “Philosophy of a Knife” were designed in Kiev (Ukraine) but rendered in Khabarovsk (Russia).