Ebert: "it is the organizing symbol of the film: Anything you can believe about the game, about its deliberately random violence, about how it touches the sanity of men forced to play it, will apply to the war as a whole. It is a brilliant symbol because, in the context of this story, it makes any ideological statement about the war superfluous."
Kael: "The Vietcong are treated in the standard inscrutable-evil Oriental style of the Japanese in the Second World War movies ... The impression a viewer gets is that if we did some bad things there we did them ruthlessly but impersonally; the Vietcong were cruel and sadistic."
Walken: "In the making of it, I don't remember anyone ever mentioning Vietnam!"
Do people really see it as a right wing film? I've never considered that; seems off the mark to me (and this is a different discussion than what I'm trying to start w/ Ster)