Philosophy of a Knife – 1 (2008)

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Directed by: Andrey Iskanov
Country: Russia
Language: Russian, English (English subtitles)
Runtime: 02:13:47
Genres: Based on a True Story, Bizarre-Surreal, Gore-Gruesome-Splatter, Insects, Military, Fascism, Violence against Men, Sexual-Violence against Women, strong>Torture

Plot – Spoilers:
A 4+ hour retelling of Unit 731 as covered in the Men Behind the Sun series. This is the Russian version of what happened at the secret Japanese research facility where experiments of every conceivable nature were allegedly carried out on humans.

Here the victims are Russians, and the narration is part documentary featuring an old Russian doctor Anatoly Protasov who hovered around Unit 731 as a medical student studying at a nearby university. Protasov lends an odd contradiction to the horrific nature of events at Unit 731 as his eyes often gleam while reminiscing.

The rest of Part 1 of the film has surreal fillers between the recreated cruelty that includes:
A fetus pulled out of a pregnant woman.
Teeth pulling.
A terrified man forced to fuck an equally terrified woman as part of an STD experiment.
A man’s face melted away with phosphorus.
Live cockroach inserted into a pussy.
And so on…

7 thoughts on “Philosophy of a Knife – 1 (2008)

  • April 1, 2020 at 8:23 am

    Parts of this movie remind me of a Nine Inch Nails video, lol. On to part 2…

  • April 1, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    The first thirteen minutes are film credits, riveting stuff. I made it to approximately 40 minutes into the movie itself before giving up. Excruciatingly boring, amateurish, lots of grainy footage, irritating sound effects and a dreary old Russian man who waffles on about stuff that is uninteresting. How anyone could watch four hours of this garbage (ie, both movies) without going comatose, is beyond me.

  • December 14, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    This movie was incredibly hard to watch, and not in an effed up movie kind of way. It was too long and had too many unnecessary scenes that just made the movie feel like it was trying way too hard to be edgy. there were some good disturbing parts, but it was overshadowed by the sheer amount of grainy, pointless, blank shots that made up most of this two hour long film. also the beginning credits reminded me of an american horror story intro that just went on for too long. I’m not even sure if I can force myself to watch part two.

    • December 16, 2020 at 6:18 am

      I’m suprised you made it through the first part. For me the film loses all its realism when they brought out hot 2000’s looking girls as the test subjects. This is a film about the world war two japanese unit 731. And without realism, this is a pointless torture porn movie. And god, so many pointless shots that go on for sooo long. Men behind the sun did it much better.

  • April 4, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    I actually liked the opening credits with the grinding industrial music. As for the movie, well, its a 4.5 hour torture fest, some real some not, the real footage was horrifying but the acted parts were just laughable. The bit where they were pulling out teeth with pliers you would think would be pretty painful, but not a sound out of the victim, she even seemed to be smiling. Seriously? And thats just for starters, the effects were not convincing enough imo. I have seen worse, but I have seen a lot better. Still, each to their own.

  • April 20, 2021 at 3:59 am

    I mean I’M still on the credits but this opening song,,,, kinda bangs! Kinda the opposite reaction they expected from us ?

  • May 6, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    1 hour in … how long before I see the child in the red coat?


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