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203 kochi (1980) DVD

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103 kochi (1980) Director:  Toshio Masuda Writer:  Kazuo Kasahara Stars:  Tatsuya Nakadai, Teruhiko Aoi, Toshirô Mifune   Language:    Japanese   It depicts, generally, the "glorious" battle for Hill 203 during the Russo-Japanese war in 1905. The hill was eventually captured at stupendous loss of life on both the Japanese and Russian sides. The capture of the hill enabled the Japanese army to put pressure on the Russian pacific fleet, thus securing the Japanese victory together with Admiral Togo's "lucky" win in the coming naval battle.  The movie is sometimes quite heavy, complete with thick pancake make up even in close-ups and stunningly unrealistic beards. The fighting scenes are full of hands thrown up in the air and death cries, ketchup blood and people yelling banzai.