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The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity (1959)

Ningen no jôken (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History, War | February 1961 (USA)
As a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist struggles to maintain his determination to keep his ideals.


Masaki Kobayashi


Zenzô Matsuyama (screenplay), Masaki Kobayashi (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tatsuya Nakadai ... Kaji
Michiyo Aratama ... Michiko
Kokinji Katsura Kokinji Katsura ... Sasa Nitôhei
Jun Tatara Jun Tatara ... Hino Jun'i
Michirô Minami ... Yoshida Jôtôhei
Kei Satô ... Shinjô Ittôhei
Kunie Tanaka ... Obara Nitôhei
Ryôhei Uchida ... Hashitani Gunsô
Kan Yanagiya Kan Yanagiya ... Tanoue Nitôhei
Kenjirô Uemura ... Bannai Jôtôhei
Kaneko Iwasaki ... Tokunaga Kangofu
Mayumi Kurata Mayumi Kurata ... Obara's Wife
Taketoshi Naitô ... Tange Ittôhei
Hideo Kidokoro Hideo Kidokoro ... Kudô Taii
Yoshiaki Aoki Yoshiaki Aoki ... Soga Gunsô


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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Drama | History | War


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Kaji: There was so much I wanted to discuss with you.
Tange Ittôhei: We'll meet again somewhere. You can always meet those you really wish to.
Kaji: Someone once told me that true human beings will always find kindred spirits. You're proof of that.
Tange Ittôhei: Don't give me too much credit. But I appreciate your words.
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Followed by The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961) See more »

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He who shouts loudest isn't always the bravest
9 March 2019 | by Marwan-BobSee all my reviews

Part I was a "Prisoner of War" drama with a love story sub-plot, then Part II is one of the best and rawest of the Military-camp films ever Made... I think that the second Part is More captivating than the first, maybe because i love military camp films a lot. Oh man i Can't Wait to see the Final Part.

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Release Date:

February 1961 (USA) See more »

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Human Condition II: Road to Eternity See more »

Filming Locations:

Hokkaido, Japan

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2.35 : 1
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