The Human Condition

Edition no. 480

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The Human Condition I: No Greater LoveThe Human Condition II: Road to EternityThe Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer
Licensor
Shochiku
Directed by: Masaki Kobayashi

This mammoth humanist drama by Masaki Kobayashi is one of the most staggering achievements of Japanese cinema. Originally filmed and released in three installments of two parts each, the nine-and-a-half-hour The Human Condition, adapted from Junpei Gomikawa’s six-volume novel, tells of the journey of the well-intentioned yet naive Kaji—played by the Japanese superstar Tatsuya Nakadai—from labor camp supervisor to Imperial Army soldier to Soviet prisoner of war. Constantly trying to rise above a corrupt system, Kaji time and again finds his morals to be an impediment rather than an advantage. A raw indictment of Japan’s wartime mentality as well as a personal existential tragedy, Kobayashi’s riveting, gorgeously filmed epic is novelistic cinema at its best.

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Audio: Japanese 1.0 PCM Mono , Japanese 4.0 DTS-HD MA Surround
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Subtitles: English
Region: A
Discs: 3 Discs |  BD-50

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The Human Condition I: No Greater Love
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The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity
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The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer
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