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The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (Ningen no jôken) (1959)

The Human Condition I: No Greater Love
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Chikage Awashima

Chikage Awashima

Tôfuku Kin
Ineko Arima

Ineko Arima

Shunran Yô
Keiji Sada

Keiji Sada

Kageyama
Sô Yamamura

Sô Yamamura

Okishima


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Zenzô Matsuyama

Zenzô Matsuyama

(screenplay)
Masaki Kobayashi

Masaki Kobayashi

(screenplay)


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3 years, 11 months ago at Aug 9 3:37
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This is an amazing beginning to Kobayashi's trilogy. It follows humanist Kaji's assignment to a Japanese ore mine staffed mostly with Chinese laborers. The story follows Kaji's trials and tribulations as he is put in charge of the "special laborers" (aka Chinese prisoners of war).

Despite the fact that it is only one part of a trilogy the emotions and human experience No Greater Lov... read more
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Description: First of a trilogy of films. During the Second World War, a Japanese conscientious objector named Kaji works as a supervisor in a Manchurian prison camp. He hopes to avoid duty as a soldier, but he also hopes to be helpful to the welfare of his prisoners. An escape attempt by Chinese prisoners results in Kaji's arrest for collusion. H ... (more)
Release date: 14 December 1959
UPC: 014381455021
Japan (7), 1950s (7), 1959 (6), War (5), Drama (4), China (3), WWII (3), Japanese (3), Chinese (3), Based On Novel (3), Political Drama (2), Melodrama (2), East Asia (2), History (2), Foreign (2), Literature (2), Asia (2), World War II (1), Foreign Language (1), Sergeant (1)
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“This is an amazing beginning to Kobayashi's trilogy. It follows humanist Kaji's assignment to a Japanese ore mine staffed mostly with Chinese laborers. The story follows Kaji's trials and tribulations as he is put in charge of the "special laborers" (aka Chinese prisoners of war).

Despite the fact that it is only one part of a trilogy the emotions and human experience No Greater Love touches on are sweeping. The film is filled with searing social commentary, highly politicized character battles and more personal dramatic stories. In the hands of a lesser craftsmen the inclusion of all of these story elements would likely leave quite a bit to be desired. At least one story arc would feel inferior or under developed. In the hands of Kobayashi, however, the mixture works beaut” read more

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