Michael Moore Takes a Break from Making Film to Wax Nostalgic

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Taking time away from his next project--Sicko, a healthcare expose--Michael Moore joined forces with fellow documentary filmmaker Kazuo Hara, who he called his "soul brother in Japan," for a talk at the University of Michigan, the Daily reports. Depending on your political persuasion, you can blame/thank Hara for the portly provocateur's evolution as a documentarian. Moore said his rabble-rousing tactics can be traced back to a fateful viewing of Hara's The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On, a look at Japanese World War II war crimes. "If you put politics first in a film, you will end up with a crappy movie," says Moore. Funny: If that's truly the case, then can someone please explain the success of Fahrenheit 9/11?

--A.G.