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South Vietnam national police chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan executes a suspected Viet Cong member.
If you’re open for new perspectives on war, this movie is a must see. What is the psychology of war? Do soldiers become murderers when they enjoy killing? Is war beautiful? Are all humans capable of monstrous acts? FIRST KILL explores what war does to the human mind and soul. The film stars several interviews with Michael Herr, the former war correspondent who wrote the screenplays to Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket. Of Equal importance are several in-depth interviews with vietnam veterans that evoke the contradictory feelings that killing produces – fear, hate, seduction and pleasure.
see what happened is with the bullet I didn't know when I took that picture I mean I know when I took it but I didn't know what I had when I took it like when he raised the gun to shoot him in the head I didn't know he was going to do that I thought he was when I threatened him with his pistol I seen him reaching for his pistol as he reached for his pistol I just brought my camera for this pistol took the picture as quick as he brought it off well it turned out that's when he pulled the trigger I didn't know he was gonna pull the trigger I didn't know what happened is I didn't know when the picture was taken from the time the picture was take the bullet was still in his head so how did you feel when you said nothing with nothing no I felt absolutely nothing it was when I did the picture I stopped back at the AP office and I handed him disrobe I fell and I said I think I got somebody healing somebody and I went out to lunch it was that simple people were getting shot you know like they do in all wars and it's expected if I got killed I was killed I seen so many people die he was one that many people were killed that day and when I took the picture it was so what anybody there could have taken the picture I had nothing to do with that it happened and I was there