Must watch for Japanese Cinema lovers
- The Human Condition Trilogy review by Oli
I'm not sure where to even begin with this, you may be put off by the length, as I think in all it's about 9 and a half hours long (you can rent them disc by disc anyway like I did) but nevertheless it makes no difference as this is one of the many epics of Japanese cinema, I'd gone into this seeing Harakiri, so I had a slight inkling about Kobayashis style, but it's really an amazing film, It's Taksuka Nakadai in the role of life, playing the common worker Kaji, who must ask himself if what he is doing is wrong or right, and does he really have to do it? I won't spoil too much as there will be spoilers at the end of this film but for anyone who loves Japanese cinema, or even war films, you should immediately love it, and it will take you on a massive tour de force throughout the entire film trilogy. The dialogue and imagery are also some of the best I've ever seen, and you will the conditions have done to perfection that is probably pretty realistic compared to what they were like in WWII. Apologies for the lackluster review, someone had to review first! You will understand when you see it as it's 3 films I've rented within a month, but watch it, it's pretty heavy in places especially, but understand it and respect it.
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Landmark in world cinema
- The Human Condition Trilogy review by TE
It's tempting to write a lengthy piece in a vain attempt to convey the glories of this trilogy.
I'll resist that temptation and just say that it is essential viewing for anyone with even a passing interest in film history, or a passing interest in the human species.
The film explores timeless moral questions.
Don't be put off by the 9 hour length. Savour it, it's more than worth it.
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