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Onoda: 10,000 Nights in the Jungle(Onoda, 10 000 nuits dans la jungle)

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France, Japan, Germany
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2021

2h 47m

Director Arthur Harari
Starring Yuya Endo, Kanji Tsuda, Yuya Matsuura, Tetsuya Chiba
Genre Adventure, Drama, War
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Hiroo Onoda, a Japanese intelligence officer in the Imperial Army during World War II, ends up marooned on the Philippine Island of Lubang for nearly 30 years, believing the war hasn't ended.

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TheWrap by Ben Croll

Soberly shifting from war thriller to apocalyptic drama to oddly sentimental buddy film, “Onoda” bears the weight of its many filmic forefathers. But as it pulls off such moves with such quiet force, it also represents a different kind of emergence.
80

The Irish Times by Donald Clarke

This is an exciting, surprising treatment of a story many of us have heard only in half-understood whispers. Well worth settling in for.
80

Variety by Jessica Kiang

Part John Ford, part Sam Fuller, the film’s old-fashioned approach is oddly impressive: To tell this kind of story in such blunt-edged, straightforward style is a distinctive choice when the temptation to veer into revisionist war-is-hell commentary, Malickian nature-study or Herzogian descent-into-madness bombast must have been strong.
80

Screen Daily by Lisa Nesselson

This gripping tale of misguided patriotism recreates a vanished set of circumstances via excellent performances and well-tailored cinematic choices. While there are a few meditative lulls in this 165-minute adventure — which opens Un Certain Regard in Cannes — the proceedings are never dull and an accretion of detail leads to a memorably moving denouement.
83

The Playlist by Mark Asch

Onoda – 10,000 Nights in the Jungle, which runs two hours and 45 minutes, is an achievement: a moving and multifaceted film about one man’s quixotic attempt at leading a meaningful life.
80

The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

Here is a really well-made, old-fashioned anti-war epic in a forthright and robustly enjoyable style from director and co-writer Arthur Harari.
67

Collider by Rafael Motamayor

In the end, the movie is about a delusional guy who doesn't realize he's been indoctrinated, but it is also an emotional exploration of loyalty, camaraderie, and stubbornness.
80

The Observer (UK) by Xan Brooks

Along the way, the director, Arthur Harari, takes the exhausted true tale of the lone Japanese soldier and sculpts it into a captivating tragicomedy, a sharp-eyed study of zealotry and self-delusion, ridiculous and heartbreaking in about equal measure.

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