Cinema, Aug. 9, 1943

Behind the Rising Sun (RKO) is an 88-minute jag of ferocious anti-Japanese propaganda. Based on facts reported in U.S. Correspondent James R. Young's book of the same name (TIME, May 5, 1941), the picture's somewhat redundant purpose is to make Americans madder at the Japs than they are anyhow. But just as human endurance has its limits, so does human credulity: the picture defeats its own purpose. Its grueling patchwork of cinematrocities is likely to make most cinemaddicts as mad at the film as at the Japanese.

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