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 date
  • 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 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 0 out of 5 was given by Dread Central's Scott A. Johnson, who concluded, "As a reviewer, one tries to find a few positive things to say about each film. Congratulations are in order for Philosophy of a Knife in that it succeeded in being the crappiest pile of masturbatory, art-house wannabe, pedantic and mean-spirited shit I've ever had the displeasure of watching".[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ DVD Talk
  2. ^ Philosophy of a Knife, Festival de Cine de Sitges 2008. Retrieved 18 December 2008.
  3. ^ Johnson, Scott (5 July 2008). "Philosophy of a Knife (2008)". Dread Central. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 

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