Movie-goers in Japan have Harutoshi Fukui to thank for challenging a film-industry taboo. Until 2005, the film studios avoided showing Japanese troops in combat, except in Godzilla movies.
That year, three of Fukui’s stories opened in cinemas as big-budget action thrillers. Their common theme: Japan’s military resorts to force and saves the day.
Not exactly a radical idea. But in Japan, where the post-Second World War constitution forbids the Self Defence Forces from acting like a military, Fukui’s stories struck a chord…