Men Behind the Sun 2 (1992)

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AKA: Maruta 2: Laboratory of the Devil, Hei Tai Yang 731 Xu Ji Zhi Sha Ren Gong Chang
Year: 1992
Directed by: Godfrey Ho
Starring: Gang Wang (Lt. Gen. Ishii)
Country: Hong Kong, Asian Cinema
Language: English
Runtime: 01:31:49
Genres: Military, Based on a True Story, Captivity, Gore-Gruesome-Splatter, Fascism, Torture, Racism, Medical

Plot – Spoilers:
Maruta 2: Laboratory of the Devil is the second in the Men Behind the Sun series, chronicling the crimes and brutalities inflicted by a secret unit of the Japanese Army during WW2, as part of experiments into germ warfare.

This isn’t too different from Men Behind the Sun 1 in terms of what went on at Unit 731. Various tortures and autopsies are depicted vividly. The same Lt. Gen. Ishii is present here too and it almost feels like another version of the events, with different victims and alternate torture techniques. The makers attempted to avoid this feeling by adding a limp love story set around Unit 731.

So, the war has been lost and some of the officers and the man who came up with the germ warfare concept (Shikawa) are brought together for lunch by a secret group that hopes to restart the experiments. Shikawa is now cynical about his theories and refuses to cooperate, instead reminding them of the horrors at Unit 731, which is how the flashback and tortures kick in.

If you liked the first part, this is well worth a watch, and for those who found the first one offensive, this one with its love story wound around the tortures might make it a little more palatable.

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Slampig
Slampig
July 18, 2023 5:41 am

Dubs are the drizzling shits

Bukowski
Bukowski
May 17, 2023 12:52 pm

A pale imitation of the first film, even down to using a real child corpse for an autopsy scene. Also there were no Russian prisoners. Historically inaccurate this one.

bah
bah
September 29, 2022 6:04 am

Is there an english sub/original audio version of this available anywhere?

Dominos
Dominos
May 1, 2022 7:09 am

dubbing is now the true warcrime

OJ not Simpson
OJ not Simpson
March 16, 2022 12:33 am

There is a special place in hell reserved for the idiot who came up with the dubbing idea for this film. You should leave the original soundtrack and just add some subtitles

Annihilist
Annihilist
September 12, 2021 7:58 pm

Is there a subtitled version?

Dinosdump
Dinosdump
October 19, 2020 5:14 pm

Hey Caleb get a loada this snum ?

Maruta
Maruta
October 13, 2020 5:34 pm

No dubbing pleaaase