Bushido – The Cruel Code of the Samurai

I just saw this brutal and probably overstated film that nevertheless won a prize in the 1963 Berlin Film Festival. But its premise thought-provokingly supports the theory that the Imperial Japanese Army officer corps of the early 20th-Century was composed of many rural youth who graduated from military academies professing an ancient samurai code of ethical behavior (Bushido) and, above all, an absolute loyalty to an infallible Emperor.