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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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Michiyo Aratama Michiyo Aratama
Chikage Awashima Chikage Awashima
Tôfuku Kin
Ineko Arima Ineko Arima
Shunran Yô
Keiji Sada Keiji Sada
Sô Yamamura Sô Yamamura

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Zenzô Matsuyama Zenzô Matsuyama
Masaki Kobayashi Masaki Kobayashi


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4 years, 9 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).

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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. He faces the possibility of transferral to combat--or worse.
Release date: 14 December 1959
UPC: 014381455021
Tags: 1950s (7), Japan (7), 1959 (6), War (5), Drama (4), WWII (3), Chinese (3), China (3), Based On Novel (3), Japanese (3), East Asia (2), Literature (2), History (2), Melodrama (2), Asia (2), Foreign (2), Political Drama (2), Conscientious Objector (1), Trilogy (1), Set On 40s (1)
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