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Masaki Kobayashi Against the System

Series #38

Apr 16, 2013

Number of Discs: 4

  • 1.33:1 Standard
  • 2.40:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Japanese Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • English subtitles

Masaki Kobayashi Against the System

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Directed By: Masaki Kobayashi
Licensor: Shochiku

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One of the most important filmmakers to emerge from Japan's cinematic golden age, Masaki Kobayashi is remembered in great part today for his three-part epic The Human Condition (1959-61), but that is just one of the blistering films he made in a career dedicated to criticizing his country's rigid social and political orders. He first found his voice-rebellious, angry, engaged-in the fifties, following his life-altering experiences as a soldier in World War II; the four films collected here, made during the same period as The Human Condition, reflect Kobayashi's coming into his own as an artist. He fought to get these powerful dramas made at a studio more oriented at the time toward quiet family melodramas, and they are unforgettable depictions of a postwar Japan troubled by identity crises and moral corruption on scales both intimate and institutional.

  • Includes the films: The Thick-Walled Room, I Will Buy You, Black River, and The Inheritance


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