Rent The Burmese Harp (1956)

4.0 of 5 from 87 ratings
1h 57min
Rent The Burmese Harp (aka Biruma no tategoto) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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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.
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Masayuki Takaki
Michio Takeyama, Natto Wada
Biruma no tategoto
Japan, Drama
Release Date:
Run Time:
117 minutes
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
B & W
  • Exclusive video interview with scholar Tony Rayns
  • Original Japanese theatrical trailer
Release Date:
Run Time:
117 minutes
  • Exclusive Video Interview with Scholar and Filmmaker Tony Rayns (19:00)
  • Original Japanese Theatrical Trailer

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Reviews (1) of The Burmese Harp

Very powerful post WWII Japanese film - The Burmese Harp review by Oli

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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.

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