Under The Flag Of The Rising Sun (1972) is something of a departure for director Kinji Fukusaku from the yakuza films that he is known for (most notably the five Battles Without Honor Or Humanity). In this Rashomon-like telling of the fate of a war widow's (a standout performance by Sachiko Hidari) husband (Tetsuro Tanba) is an examination of guilt, truth, and justice in a postwar world where most of Japan has pushed aside questions about the war . The widow is trying to find out the truth about the incident; she and her child have been denied a war pension because her husband was officially said to have received a court martial and to have been executed and for killing an officer in Papa New Guinea. The is film examines how many regular soldiers were scapegoats in the war, while many officers went unpunished and even prospered in the postwar years. Fukusaku develops the visual technique that he is known for by employing color, black and white, freeze-frames, negative images, documentary photographs, and shocking violence to tell the powerful story. It draws to mind several films such as Kobayashi's The Human Condition as mentioned Kurosawa's Rashomon. It is an unflinching look at some major social issues done in a visually impressive manner.