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still The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (Masaki Kobayashi, JP 1959)

The Human Condition I: No Greater Love

Masaki Kobayashi / JP, 1959 / 208 min.

One-off, complete screening of the trilogy The Human Condition. This compelling, stunning film epic follows a man attempting to rise above a corrupt system. One of the most overwhelming film experiences in Japanese cinema.

poster The Human Condition II: The Road to Eternity (Masaki Kobayashi, JP 1959)
In this epic conflict drama, a pacifist is forced to constantly weigh his principles against the harsh realities of war. Over almost ten hours, The Human Condition follows well-meaning but naïve Kaji, played by Japanese superstar Tatsuya Nakadai, as he develops from labour camp guard to soldier in the Imperial army to Soviet prisoner of war.

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Director

Masaki Kobayashi

Production year

1959

Country

JP

Original title

Ningen no joken

Length

208 min.

Language

Japanese

Subtitles

ENG

Format

35mm

Part of

Shochiku 100

Yasujiro Ozu, Masaki Kobayashi, Takeshi Kitano: the masters of Japanese cinema. But did you know that their work was made possible by Shochiku? In 2022 Eye is marking over one hundred years of one of Japan’s oldest, and largest, film companies.

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still The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (Masaki Kobayashi, JP 1959)
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