The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961)
"Ningen no jôken" (original title)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michiyo Aratama ...
Tamao Nakamura ...
Hinannmin no Shôjo
Yûsuke Kawazu ...
Terada Nitôhei
Hinanmin no Chôrô
Taketoshi Naitô ...
Tange Ittôhei
Reiko Hitomi ...
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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Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer  »

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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 »


Follows The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959) See more »

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The Ten Hour Film Format has some Merits
14 June 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This trilogy was a grueling and rewarding. It was chilling to watch but I persevered. It was about the conflict between nationalism and the individual struggling for humanism. If you transfer yourself to post WW2 Japan you could see how powerful this film was. It was necessary for the soul searching that was to heal the results of the war.

It is as important today as it was then.

This trilogy affected me deeply after watching it.

There is hardly a frame in the ten hours that does not have any sub-text associated with it.

The ten hour film format has some merits maybe it will catch on.

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