A Famed Horror Director Mines Japan’s Real-Life Atrocities

A Famed Horror Director Mines Japan’s Real-Life Atrocities

The New York Times-Arts·2020-10-10 09:00

TOKYO — The director Kiyoshi Kurosawa is best known for horror movies depicting the dark undercurrents of life in modern Japan and the vengeful ghosts that haunt it.

But the evil spirits lurking in the background of his latest film are a real-life horror from the country’s past — the Imperial Army’s testing of biological and chemical weapons on human subjects in Manchuria before and during World War II.

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