Mercenary Fighters (1988)

Introduction Mercenary Fighters is a 1988 action adventure film by director Riki Shelach Nissimoff. Outline The president of an African country wants to boost his economy with a new dam. He ignores the protests of the tribes in the flooded region, so they declare rebellion. To avoid bad publicity, the president does not use his… Read More

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)

Introduction Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (Japanese: 戦場のメリークリスマス, Hepburn: Senjō no Merī Kurisumasu, ‘Merry Christmas on the Battlefield’), also known in many European editions as Furyo (俘虜, Japanese for “prisoner of war”), is a 1983 war film co-written and directed by Nagisa Ōshima, co-written by Paul Mayersberg, and produced by Jeremy Thomas. The film is based… Read More

Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Introduction Grave of the Fireflies (Japanese: 火垂るの墓, Hepburn: Hotaru no Haka) is a 1988 Japanese animated war tragedy film based on the 1967 semi-autobiographical short story of the same name by Akiyuki Nosaka. It was written and directed by Isao Takahata, and animated by Studio Ghibli for the story’s publisher Shinchosha Publishing (making it the… Read More

‘Gung Ho!’: The Story of Carlson’s Makin Island Raiders (1943)

Introduction Gung Ho! (full title: Gung Ho!: The Story of Carlson’s Makin Island Raiders) is a 1943 American war film directed by Ray Enright and starring Randolph Scott. The story is based somewhat on the real-life World War II Makin Island raid led by Lieutenant Colonel Evans Carlson’s 2nd Marine Raider Battalion. Outline A tough… Read More