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

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Starring (View all)
Michiyo Aratama Michiyo Aratama
Michiko
Chikage Awashima Chikage Awashima
Tôfuku Kin
Ineko Arima Ineko Arima
Shunran Yô
Keiji Sada Keiji Sada
Kageyama
Sô Yamamura Sô Yamamura
Okishima


Written by (View all)
Zenzô Matsuyama Zenzô Matsuyama
(screenplay)
Masaki Kobayashi Masaki Kobayashi
(screenplay)


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10 years, 2 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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1 year, 1 month ago at Sep 20 22:57
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(OK)Maybe the best of the 3, because mixes exploitation and war, its limits are Kpbayashi's manicheism (bad are too bad), just the good guys discuss and thinks, and repents (the heroe is very repentful, thats nice)...
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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: Japan (6), 1950s (6), War (5), 1959 (5), Drama (4), WWII (4), Chinese (3), China (3), Japanese (3), Based On Novel (3), Literature (2), East Asia (2), Political Drama (2), Asia (2), Melodrama (2), World War II (2), History (2), Foreign (2), 50s (1), Drame De Guerre (1)
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"Directed by: Masaki Kobayashi A Japanese pacifist, unable to face the dire consequences of conscientious objection, is transformed by his attempts to compromise with the demands of war-time Japan."


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"Feb 28th Ugh! Why am I caught in this vortex of long run times with not interesting enough plots. I saw the high listal rating and thought it worth it but not at all. Good cinematography and acting but the pacifist humanist storyline is not for me especially with the glaring contradiction of how can we humanize involuntary exploitation. I understand the whole duplicity of man and following your beliefs under extreme pressure but I just found myself wanting to tell the lead character "okay ju"


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