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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.

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Michiyo Aratama ...
Kokinji Katsura ...
Sasa Nitôhei
Jun Tatara ...
Hino Jun'i
Michirô Minami ...
Yoshida Jôtôhei
Kei Satô ...
Shinjô Ittôhei
Kunie Tanaka ...
Obara Nitôhei
Ryôhei Uchida ...
Hashitani Gunsô
Kan Yanagiya ...
Tanoue Nitôhei
Kenjirô Uemura ...
Bannai Jôtôhei
Kaneko Iwasaki ...
Tokunaga Kangofu
Mayumi Kurata ...
Obara's Wife
Taketoshi Naitô ...
Tange Ittôhei
Hideo Kidokoro ...
Kudô Taii
Yoshiaki Aoki ...
Soga Gunsô
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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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Deeply Moving
24 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

It's been a long time since I've seen "Ningen no joken II", the second of Kibiyashi's trilogy: "The Human Condition". One scene (and you'll know it if you see the film) is one of the most visually stunning and heart wrenching in movie history. The rest of the film isn't far behind it with Tatsuya Nakadai giving a brilliant performance playing a good man caught in the monstrous jaws of history. Deeply moving.


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