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The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961)

Ningen no jôken (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History, War | 5 August 1970 (USA)
His ideals challenged by life as a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist faces ever greater tests in his fight for survival.

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Michiyo Aratama ...
Tamao Nakamura ...
Hinannmin no Shôjo
Yûsuke Kawazu ...
Terada Nitôhei
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Hinanmin no Chôrô
Taketoshi Naitô ...
Tange Ittôhei
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Ryûko
Reiko Hitomi ...
Umeko
Keijirô Morozumi ...
Hironaka Gôchô
Kôji Kiyomura ...
Hikita Ittôhei
Nobuo Kaneko ...
Kirihara Gôchô
Fujio Suga ...
Nagata Taii
Tatsuya Ishiguro ...
Dôkutsu Taichô
Kazuo Kitamura ...
Kitagô Sôchô
Toshio Takahara ...
Chôsen e Iku Heichô
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Part three of a trilogy. After the Japanese defeat to the Russians in the last episode, Kaji, the Japanese soldier and humanist protagonist, leads the last remaining men through Manchuria . Intent on returning to his dear wife and his old life, Kaji faces great odds in a variety of different harrowing circumstances as he and his fellow men sneak behind enemy lines. Ultimately, he finds himself in the exact opposite position he held in the first episode: then a labor manager, Kaji is now a prisoner of war, forced to work for the Russians, whom do not seem to hold to the Communist ideals in which Kaji himself had put his faith. Written by nao209@nyu.edu

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Kobayashi is the name of the Japanese character in the Bryan Singer film The Usual Suspects (1995). The role was played by British actor Pete Postlethwaite. See more »

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Follows The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity (1959) See more »

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not the gangster slash-em-up buddy film you thought it would be
5 May 2004 | by (Annandale, NY) – See all my reviews

If you have any remote interest in film go see this right away. Don't bother watching if you are too scared to attempt the entire 10 hours in one sitting. It's worth it and then some. The actor playing Kaji was terrific and each part turns out better than the last (everything really, the acting/camera work... all the bells and whistles just sound better the further in you get). It definitely struck me as something Adolfas Mekas would totally dig, which says a lot. This is a must see. If you decide to bring the wife and kids (or husband and mother-in-law or what- have-you) just be warned: this movie involves a fair amount of human suffering, on and off the screen. -Ed Hellman.


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