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The Human Condition

Spine #480



Release:
Sep 8, 2009
$79.95

Number of Discs: 1

Specs
  • 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Japanese Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • English subtitles

The Human Condition

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Directed By: Masaki Kobayashi
Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Chikage Awashima, Ineko Arima, So Yamamura, Akira Ishihama, Shinji Nambara, Seiji Miyaguchi, Toru Abe, Masao Mishima, Chishu Ryu
Licensor: Shochiku

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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.

Supplements
  • Excerpt from a rare Directors Guild of Japan video interview with director Masaki Kobayashi, conducted by filmmaker Masahiro Shinoda (Double Suicide)
  • New video interview with actor Tatsuya Nakadai
  • Video appreciation of Kobayashi and The Human Condition featuring Shinoda
  • Japanese theatrical trailers

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