Circa 1962, this was an English film critic’s comment on Fires on the Plain:

Fires on the Plain is showing to an audience of turnip-headed morons…screams of laughter welcoming such acts as the impaling of a mad dog on a bayonet (the spray of blood that hit the ground really rolled them in the aisles), titters as the Japanese hero declines the invitation to cannibalism, bellows of fun as machine guns stuttered and gaunt men ran away.