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The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity (II) (1959)
"Ningen no jôken" (original title)

 -  Drama | History | War  -  February 1961 (USA)
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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
Kenjiro Uemura ...
Bannai Jôtôhei (as Kenjirô Uemura)
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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Human Condition II: Road to Eternity  »

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Kageyama Shôi: You're a clever man, but picking the army as the stage for your battles was a fool's work. It's wiser to play it safe than be stubborn.
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Followed by The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961) See more »

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First Sequel of an Anti-War Masterpiece
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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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