The Human Condition II: The Road to Eternity
Masaki Kobayashi / JP, 1959 / 183 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.
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.
Ningen no joken
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