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 ...
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Terada Nitôhei
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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 II: Road to Eternity (1959) See more »

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24 May 2012 | by (Tunisia) – See all my reviews

anyone who is seriously interested in understanding what's wrong with the "human" should watch this excellent piece of art. Tatusuya nakadai is delivering here an astonish performance.

Kobayashi is definitely one of the greatest directors and offers precision and coherence to this trilogy. Music is obviously an tremendous emotional experience. There is no necessity to write much, the movie speaks for itself as long as one understands the movements and rhythms conveyed through the subtle evolution of the main character. A long trilogy worth watching till the end in the vein of harakiri (seppuku). PS. understanding our history seems to be of great importance, especially in the actual political context of unrest, what happened and is happening in the arab world is a very important issue, violence unfortunately still prevails.

abolishing authority of any kind (y compris nationalism, religions, traditions, ego etc.) seems the only way out.

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Easily one of the 100 greatest films ever!! blueorangeusa2

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