Philosophy of a Knife

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Philosophy of a Knife
Philosophy of a Knife FilmPoster.jpeg
DVD cover
Directed by Andrey Iskanov
Produced by Andrey Iskanov
Written by Andrey Iskanov
Starring Yukari Fujimoto
Yumiko Fujiwara
Svyatoslav Iliyasov
Music by Alexander Shevchenko
Cinematography Andrey Iskanov
Edited by Andrey Iskanov
Distributed by TLA Releasing
Release dates
  • July 8, 2008 (2008-07-08) (United States)
Running time 247 minutes
Country Russia
United States
Language English

Philosophy of a Knife is a 2008 Russian-American horror film written, produced, shot, edited, and directed by Andrey Iskanov. It covers the Japanese Army's Unit 731, mixing archival footage, interviews, and extremely graphic reenactments of experiments performed there.[1]

The film is four hours long, is presented in two parts (Part one and Part two), is in English, and shot in black and white. The interviews are shot in color and have English subtitles.


Philosophy of a Knife was shown at the 2008 Sitges Film Festival.[2] TLA Releasing and Unearthed Films released the unrated film on DVD in July 2008. For a short time, Philosophy was available on Netflix, but was taken down without a given reason. The film is also accessible in its two parts via YouTube.


The film features Manoush and Cyanide Savior's song "Dead Before Born" as well as a song by A. Shevchenko, "Forgive Me", with Manoush speaking the introduction to the track. It also includes an original score by Shevchenko.


A score of zero out of five was given by Dread Central, sparking a feud between the website and the film's creators.[3]

The Worldwide Celluloid Massacre has Philosophy of a Knife listed as the fifth most disturbing film it has covered, and stated that while it was interesting and intense "I was reminded of Gibson's Passion in that the movie takes an ambitious and difficult subject, then spends most of its time focusing only on gore".[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ DVD Talk
  2. ^ Philosophy of a Knife, Festival de Cine de Sitges 2008. Retrieved 18 December 2008.
  3. ^ Scott A. Johnson (July 5, 2008). "Philosophy of a Knife (2008)". Philosophy of a Knife. Dread Central. Retrieved November 15, 2012. 
  4. ^ Zev Toledano. "Andrey Iskanov". Philosophy of a Knife. The Worldwide Celluloid Massacre. Retrieved November 15, 2012. 

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