Mizuki's Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths Tops "10 War Books Too Twisted To Be Made Into Films"

“10 War Books Too Twisted To Be Made Into Films” / ScreenRant / Theo Kogod / February 25, 2020

War films haven't lost their popularity in modern cinema, but Hollywood may struggle with adapting these ten dark and twisted war novels into films.

It seems that every great book out there is getting turned into a movie these days. Part of the reason for this is that better CGI has allowed Hollywood to bring to life imagery that practical effects never could achieve in decades past, while another reason no doubt has to do with the finite amount of creative originality in Hollywood forcing them to turn to outside sources for help.


1. Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths By Shigeru Mizuki

The last entry on the list is a graphic novel by the late great manga-ka Shigeru Mizuki. The story follows a band of Japanese soldiers in World War II through the end of the campaign in New Guinea as the grunts are ordered to die honorably for their country while the officers hypocritically refuse to do the same.

Mizuki fought for the Japanese Imperial Army in New Guinea, so his lived experiences color the events of the story. While he is known for his stories about yokai, Mizuki wrote about everything from comfort women to the Fukushima Daishi Nuclear Reactor. The current trends of Japanese film tend to encourage the country's rising nationalism or else eschew discussions of politics entirely, making a good adaptation of Mizuki's novel inconceivable.

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