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The Human Condition: Parts 5 & 6.

Masaki Kobayashi; Kobayashi, Masaki; Kanopy (Firm)
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Video; Streaming Video; Online
Summary
Masaki Kobayashi's mammoth humanist drama is one of the most staggering achievements of Japanese cinema. Originally filmed and released in three parts, the nine-and-a-half-hour The human condition (Ningen no joken), adapted from Junpei Gomikawa's six-volume novel, tells of the journey of the well-intentioned yet naive Kaji (handsome Japanese superstar Tatsuya Nakadai) from labor camp supervisor to Imperial Army soldier to Soviet POW. Constantly trying to rise above a corrupt system, Kaji time and again finds his morals an impediment rather than an advantage. A raw indictment of its nation's wartime mentality as well as a personal existential tragedy, Kobayashi's riveting, gorgeously filmed epic is novelistic cinema at its best.
Director
Masaki Kobayashi
Release Date
1961
Language
Japanese
Notes
Title from title frames.
Published
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2014.
Recording Info
Originally produced by Criterion Collection/Janus Films in 1961.
Publisher no.
1113331 Kanopy
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1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 190 minutes) : digital, .flv file, sound
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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