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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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The story takes place in feudal Japan, when any commerce with the rest of the world was strictly prohibited. An idealist suddenly appears in an isolated inn (the one that the title refers ... See full summary »

Director: Masaki Kobayashi
Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Komaki Kurihara, Wakako Sakai
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Michiyo Aratama ...
Kokinji Katsura ...
Sasa Nitôhei (segment "Dai 3 bu")
Jun Tatara ...
Hino Jun'i (segment "Dai 3 bu")
Michirô Minami ...
Yoshida Jôtôhei (segment "Dai 3 bu")
Kei Satô ...
Shinjô Ittôhei (segment "Dai 3 bu")
Kunie Tanaka ...
Obara Nitôhei (segment "Dai 3 bu")
Ryôhei Uchida ...
Hashitani Gunsô (segment "Dai 3 bu")
Kan Yanagiya ...
Tanoue Nitôhei (segment "Dai 3 bu")
Kenjiro Uemura ...
Bannai Jôtôhei (segment "Dai 3 bu") (as Kenjirô Uemura)
Kaneko Iwasaki ...
Tokunaga Kangofu (segment "Dai 3 bu")
Mayumi Kurata ...
Obara no Tsuma (segment "Dai 3 bu")
Taketoshi Naitô ...
Tange Ittôhei (segment "Dai 3 bu")
Hideo Kidokoro ...
Kudô Taii (segment "Dai 3 bu")
Yoshiaki Aoki ...
Soga Gunsô (segment "Dai 3 bu")
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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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Kaji: I refuse to die.
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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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