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Release Date:
5 August 1970 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Tatsuya Nakadai ... Kaji
Michiyo Aratama ... Michiko
Tamao Nakamura ... Hinannmin no Shôjo
Yûsuke Kawazu ... Terada Nitôhei

Chishû Ryû ... Hinanmin no Chôrô
Taketoshi Naitô ... Tange Ittôhei

Kyôko Kishida ... 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
Akira Yamanouchi ... Kira Jôtôhei
Hiroshi Nihon'yanagi ... Noge Shôsa
Kôichi Hayashi ... Minagawa Tsûyaku
Kô Mihashi ... Rôkyôshi
Kichijirô Ueda ... Sekitan'ya
Saburoh Bouya ... Zakkaya (as Saburô Bôya)
Masahiko Naruse ... Chôsenjin
Takashi Sue ... Ogura Heichô
Kin Sugai ... Dôro no Hinanmin
Miyoko Nakamura ... Zakkaya no Tsuma
Yoshie Minami ... Rôkyôshi no Tsuma (as Yoshi'e Minami)
Noriko Ishimoto ... Sekitan'ya no Tsuma
Takayuki Shindô ... Hinanmin no Shônen
Fumie Kitahara ... Buraku no Hinanmin (as Fumi'e Kitahara)
Gen'ya Nagai ... Heitai A
Hideo Fukuhara ... Heitai B
Tadayoshi Hirosawa ... Ide Ittôhei
Tetsuo Mizoi ... Hoshô
Daijirô Minami ... Ikkenn'ya no Rônôfu
Kanji Ôsugi ... Hatake no Chûgoku Nômin
Mamoru Hirata ... Fukumoto Jôtôhei
Hideo Hirosawa ... Heitai C
Takao Tsuge ... Heitai D
Kôtarô Hirasawa ... Dassô Suru Heitai A
Masatoshi Kanematsu ... Dassô Suru Heitai B
Yuichi Kikuchi ... Ujii'e Jôtôhei (as Yûichi Kikuchi)
Hachirô Maruyama ... Tsûyaku
Akira Kimura ... Chûgokujin no Wakamono
Yasuo Minami ... Naganuma - Chûi
Hideko Aki ... Hinanmin no Onna
Mikiko Suzuki ... Hinanmin no Onna
Yumiko Oguri ... Hinanmin no Onna
Kazuko Hirano ... Hinanmin no Onna
Yoshiko Watanabe ... Hinanmin no Onna
Yôko Hayashi ... Hinanmin no Onna
Fumiko Kondô ... Chôsenjin no Tsuma
Edo Kîn ... Sorengun Shôkô
Ronarudo Serufu ... Chabâefu
Pôru Rafaero ... Tôbatsutai no Shikikan
Wiriamu Bassun ... Shisatsu Sareru Hoshô
Henrî Ban ... Manjûya

Hideko Takamine ... Hinanmin no Onna

Directed by
Masaki Kobayashi 
Writing credits
Zenzô Matsuyama (screenplay) &
Kôichi Inagaki (screenplay) &
Masaki Kobayashi (screenplay)

Jumpei Gomikawa (novel) (as Junpei Gomikawa)

Produced by
Masaki Kobayashi .... producer
Shigeru Wakatsuki .... producer
Original Music by
Chûji Kinoshita 
Cinematography by
Yoshio Miyajima 
Film Editing by
Keiichi Uraoka 
Art Direction by
Kazue Hirataka 

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Also Known As:
"Ningen no jôken" - Japan (original title)
"Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer" - USA (DVD title)
"The Human Condition III" - USA
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190 min | West Germany:143 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)

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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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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
The End of Kaji's Journey, 14 February 2013
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Japanese troops are defeated by the Soviets and Kaji (Tatsuya Nakadai) heads with three survivors to South Manchurian expecting to meet his wife. Along their crossing through the enemy line in the Manchurian land, other Japanese survivors join Kaji's group, but they need to fight against the Chinese militias and the Soviets.

When they reach a Japanese village with women and one old man, a militia arrives in the place and Kaji and his men surrender to the Soviet to spare the women. The POWs are sent to a labor work camp and Kaji sees no difference between the treatment of the Japanese fascists and the Soviet communists, in which principles Kaji believed. He decides to escape from the camp to meet his beloved Michiko again.

"The Human Condition – Parts V & VI" is the last sequel of the heartbreaking 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. I have seen many powerful movies about war, such as "Der Untergang", "Taegukgi hwinalrimyeo", "La Battaglia di Algeri", "Paths of Glory" and "Apocalypse Now" among others. But "The Human Condition" is certainly the most scathing antiwar movie that I have seen and I did not feel the 574 minutes running time in a black-and-white movie spoken in Japanese, Mandarin and Russian with English subtitles.

It is impressive to see the treatment spent by the fascist Japanese soldiers for the rookies and how Kaji grows-up and learns how his idealistic concept of communism is shattered when he becomes a POW and swaps his initial position of supervisor to the one of prisoner. The hopeless conclusion fits perfectly to this masterpiece and shows that in times of war, people are far from the condition for being human to survive. My vote is ten.

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