A re-make of the 1986 hit, which scored 80-percent in the Aizu district of Fukushima prefecture.
"Byakkotai" seems to be a story by which the content of the drama visits Byakkotai Memorial Hall by a modern young person who is the descendant of a Byakkotai samurai, and traces the history of the tragedy of the Byakkotai in the force organized by about 340 boys of 16 years old and 17 years old at Boshin War (Aizu war). Yamashita performs two roles (a Byakkotai samurai in the old days and the descendant, Shintaro Sakai).
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It portrayed well every angle of war, not just the men's, not just the women left behind, and while it is told from the Aizu point of view, you still see all sides. The beginning was slow as the set up for the war had to be done to put the rest into context. The modern framework seemed tacked on, but I guess it is necessary to relate to people 140 years after the incident,
I do not seek out any war movies, due to how they effect me, but I watch this to complete my Yamapi watch list. I do not think I will ever watch it again, but it is now in my memory and I learned yet another important part of Japanese history.