Not Rated | | Drama, War
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.
In his 1982 book, "The Story of Cinema" - which is, as the title implies, a critical survey of international cinema from its beginnings up to the time of the book's publication - the late British film writer David Shipman (who claimed to have viewed over 8000 movies) declared "The Human Condition" trilogy to be "unquestionably the greatest film ever made." Shipman's praise is particularly remarkable because, in his book, he sharply criticizes, and sometimes dismisses, many far more famous films that are widely regarded by critics and audiences as classics.
This isn't like you.
Michiko: You're running away. Don't you want me?
Kaji: Of course I do.
Michiko: And I want you, too. Yet we can't marry-...
Kaji: How many times must I explain?
Michiko: Because you might be called up? I wouldn't care if it was the day after. Of course I'd cry. ...
At one point a Japanese guard begins to whip Kao, yet the motions he makes are just a flailing of his arms, visibly missing the actor. Kao retaliates by throwing a rock at the guard, but the rock never strikes the guard. However, the actor playing the guard overreacts as if he has been struck.
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