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The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity (1959)

Ningen no jôken (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History, War | February 1961 (USA)
As a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist struggles to maintain his determination to keep his ideals.

Director:

Masaki Kobayashi

Writers:

Zenzô Matsuyama (screenplay), Masaki Kobayashi (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tatsuya Nakadai ... Kaji
Michiyo Aratama ... Michiko
Kokinji Katsura Kokinji Katsura ... Sasa Nitôhei
Jun Tatara Jun Tatara ... Hino Jun'i
Michirô Minami ... Yoshida Jôtôhei
Kei Satô ... Shinjô Ittôhei
Kunie Tanaka ... Obara Nitôhei
Ryôhei Uchida ... Hashitani Gunsô
Kan Yanagiya Kan Yanagiya ... Tanoue Nitôhei
Kenjirô Uemura ... Bannai Jôtôhei
Kaneko Iwasaki ... Tokunaga Kangofu
Mayumi Kurata Mayumi Kurata ... Obara's Wife
Taketoshi Naitô ... Tange Ittôhei
Hideo Kidokoro Hideo Kidokoro ... Kudô Taii
Yoshiaki Aoki Yoshiaki Aoki ... Soga Gunsô
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Storyline

Kaji is sent to the Japanese army labeled Red and is mistreated by the vets. Along his assignment, Kaji witnesses cruelties in the army; he revolts against the abusive treatment spent to the recruit Obara that commits suicide; he also sees his friend Shinjô Ittôhei defecting to the Russian border; and he ends in the front to fight a lost battle against the Russian tanks division. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #480. See more »

Quotes

Tokunaga Kangofu: You were talking in your sleep, calling for Sinjo and a Michiko. Your sweetheart? Or your wife?
Kaji: Both.
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Connections

Follows The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959) See more »

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First Sequel of an Anti-War Masterpiece
13 February 2013 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Kaji is sent to the Japanese army labeled of Red and is mistreated by the vets. Along his assignment, Kaji witnesses cruelties in the army; he revolts against the abusive treatment spent to the recruit Obara that commits suicide; he also sees his friend Shinjô Ittôhei defecting to the Russian border; and he ends in the front to fight a lost battle against the Soviet tanks division.

"The Human Condition – Parts III & IV" is the first sequel of the anti- war masterpiece by Masaki Kobayashi. The story is impressively realistic and magnificently shot with top-notch camera work, giving the sensation of a documentary. But maybe the most impressive is to see the treatment of the Japanese military with their soldiers. If they treated their own compatriots with such brutality, imagine how the enemies would be treated? My vote is ten.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | Mandarin | Russian

Release Date:

February 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Human Condition II: Road to Eternity See more »

Filming Locations:

Hokkaido, Japan

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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