Men Behind The Sun Collection including:
1. Men Behind The Sun I (1988)
2. Men Behind The Sun II: Laboratory of the Devil (1992)
3. Men Behind The Sun III: Narrow Escape (1994)
4. Men Behind The Sun IV: Black Sun: The Nanking Massacre (1995)
The film is a graphic depiction of the war atrocities committed by the Japanese at Unit 731, the secret biological weapons experimentation unit of the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II.
After leaving high school, Michio Yamada (Norio Nagayama in the real life incidents) becomes involved in the shudan shushoku, a post-war Japanese government work program which involves taking almost an entire high school graduating class from the countryside to Tokyo to work for a fruit company. Some terrible things happened to his family in the past and that explains why Michio came later to have perpetrated so many killings.
With her wedding only one day away, Mina (Mari Tanaka) spends a night with her former lover Ozaki (Kinji Takinami) at a highway motel on the outskirts of Yokohama. On her way back from her last adventure, Mina’s car hits a hippie-like youth called Ryo (Ken Yoshizawa). Shocked by the accident and, moreover, left alone by Ozaki, who hated to be involved in the trouble, Mina places the unconscious youth in the back seat and drives toward a lake. Stripping the youth and herself naked, she tries to revive him with her body. But when this fails, she tosses his body into the lake. A middle-aged hunter with a gun (Akira Takahashi) suddenly appears and says that he has seen her kill the youth. A major upset now occurs as Ryo, who she believes is dead, suddenly appears and kills the hunter after a bloody brawl. Ryo then shoves her into her car strips himself naked and demands her to love him at the wheel. He steps on the gas as he enters her and the pair, in a complete ecstasy of sex and speed, smash against the guard rail of the highway.
An unmarried woodcutter plants a tree in a wealthy home. The lady of the house makes him uncomfortable, so when he hears about a fairy, he goes to see her in the mountains. He finds the fairy bathing in the water without her wings. He steals them and takes her home. But it causes a complicated web of love and deceit.
In Osaka’s slum, youth without futures engage in pilfering, assault and robbery, prostitution, and the buying and selling of identity cards and of blood. Alliances constantly shift. Tatsu and Takeshi, friends since boyhood, reluctantly join Shin’s gang. Shin’s an upstart and moves his gang often to avoid the local kingpin. Hanoko is a young woman with ambitions: first she’s in the blood business with her father, then she joins forces with Shin. She soon breaks off that partnership, even though she’s taken the sensitive Takeshi under her wing. Double crosses multiply. Those with the closest bonds become each others’ murderers.
A sensitive girl (who even cries for wrecked cars being taken to the junkyard) falls for a pickpocket, after meeting him in a café. After the man gets arrested shortly thereafter, she hooks up first with his ex-girlfriend and then a guy who spent time in jail with him. In the process she becomes initiated into a world of petty theft even as the cops close in on the gang.