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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.

Director:

Masaki Kobayashi

Writers:

Zenzô Matsuyama (screenplay), Kôichi Inagaki (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tatsuya Nakadai ... Kaji
Michiyo Aratama ... Michiko
Tamao Nakamura Tamao Nakamura ... Hinannmin no Shôjo
Yûsuke Kawazu ... Terada Nitôhei
Chishû Ryû ... Hinanmin no Chôrô
Taketoshi Naitô ... Tange Ittôhei
Kyôko Kishida ... Ryûko
Reiko Hitomi Reiko Hitomi ... Umeko
Keijirô Morozumi Keijirô Morozumi ... Hironaka Gôchô
Kôji Kiyomura Kôji Kiyomura ... Hikita Ittôhei
Nobuo Kaneko ... Kirihara Gôchô
Fujio Suga ... Nagata Taii
Tatsuya Ishiguro ... Dôkutsu Taichô
Kazuo Kitamura Kazuo Kitamura ... Kitagô Sôchô
Toshio Takahara ... Chôsen e Iku Heichô
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Storyline

Part three of a trilogy. After the Japanese defeat to the Russians in the last episode, Kaji, the Japanese soldier and humanistic 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, who 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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Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

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Is the first Japanese movie in stereo. See more »

Connections

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

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Must see.
26 October 2020 | by ms-42106See all my reviews

Saw all parts in 4 days. A masterpiece of Art. Must see film. 🌲🌲🌲


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | Mandarin | Russian

Release Date:

5 August 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ninjin Club, Shochiku See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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