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Philosophy of a Knife
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This takes the documentary approach? kinda? With mostly poorly executed re-enactments.
Genre: Horror
Directed By: Andrey Iskanov
Produced By: Andrey Iskanov
Written By: Andrey Iskanov
Starring: Yukari Fujimoto
Yumiko Fujiwara
Svyatoslav Iliyasov
Distributed By: TLA Releasing
Release Date: July 8, 2008
Runtime: 247 minutes
Country: Russia, United States
Language: English, Russian

Philosophy of a Knife is a 2008 Russian-American horror film written, produced, shot, edited, and directed by Andrey Iskanov. It covers the Japanese Army's Unit 731, mixing archival footage, interviews, and extremely graphic reenactments of experiments performed there. Due to the length of the film it was released in 2 parts.


During World War II in Japan, a covert division known as Unit 731 conducts gruesome experiments on humans in its research for biological and chemical warfare.

Why It Didn't Survive The War

  1. Laughably bad CGI rendering.
  2. Most people don't look appropriate for the setting and even the operators look like ordinary teenagers in play sets rather than actual soldiers.
  3. Terrible acting and bad sound effects.
  4. The scene where the girl plays with a metal rod making the Boing sound effect gets annoying really quickly and doesn't stop for 5 minutes.
  5. The film looks like it doesn't know what it wants to be.
  6. This film is extremely long and it drags for the entirety of the film.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The teeth pulling scene is actually pretty disturbing.
  2. Even though it looks like an edgy try hard film much like A Serbian Film, It does highlight the worst aspects of Unit 731 and does a pretty good job being disturbing.
  3. Decent end credits song.
  4. This film does highlight that although the axis were the bad guys, the allies have also committed atrocities before and after the war ended.


The film currently holds a 4.5 rating on IMDb


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