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Film info: Caterpillar

Film Information

Original Title Caterpillar
English Title Caterpillar
Director Koji Wakamatsu
Year 2010
Format 35 mm
Colour Color
Duration 85 min
  • Shinobu Terajima, Shima Ohnishi, Ken Yoshizawa, Keigo Kasuya, Emi Masuda
  • Guión: Hisako Kurosawa, Deru Deguchi
  • Fotografia: Tomohiko Tsuji, Yoshihisa Toda
  • Montaje: Shuichi Kakesu
  • Producción: Koji Wakamatsu, Noriko Ozaki


Known in Argentina for the vast retrospective of his work that was held in Bafici 2008, veteran Japanese director Kôji Wakamatsu returns with Caterpillar, another one of its provocative fables, which now takes place during the Second World War in a small town of his native country. This strongly anti-war melodrama describes the return of a soldier who has lost his legs, arms, and speech. While the community worships him as a hero, his wife privately suffers for his scary looks, his demands, and his growing rudeness. Wakamatsu, who began his career in the Sixties with erotic and provocatively political films, also exposes the Japanese soldiers’ abuse of women and the consequences of society’s exasperated nationalism in his country. Although it might seem rather old-fashioned, Caterpillar is narrated with such fury and courage that it becomes a transcendental piece within the angry filmmaker’s prolific career, but also within Japanese cinema as a whole.


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