At the close of World War II, a Japanese army regiment in Burma surrenders to the British. Private Mizushima is sent on a lone mission to persuade a trapped Japanese battalion to surrender also. When the outcome is a failure, he disguises himself in the robes of a Buddhist monk in hope of temporary anonymity as he journeys across the landscape - but he underestimates the power of his assumed role.
Very powerful post WWII Japanese film
- The Burmese Harp review by Oli
Great film about the Japanese after WWII, I loved the theme of it how it's all circled around the beautiful music and singing, and it really suits the moving story, it's one of a kind. Mizushima is a naturally gifted harp player in his Japanese unit, his captain has a talented musical ear and has taught all of his unit how to sing to improve their morale when they're down during the war etc. it is told with brilliance by another member of the unit, they are on the road during the war then they come to a stop in British Territority in Burma, where they learn that the war has infact ended, they stay there at command by the British as Japan have surrended and the unit dutifuly surrender too, they soon learn that on a mountain nearby another Japanese unit hasn't heard of the news yet that Japan have surrendered and are still prepared to fight the British, Mizushima is sent to try and persuade them to drop their arms and surrender like Japan have done. What follows is some of the most powerful images in all of cinema, and is both a brilliant display of acting by both the captain of his unit played by Rentarô Mikuni and Mizushima played by the brilliant Shôji Yasui, it is an outstanding story about humanity and it is not to be missed by any Japanese cinema buff.