From the Criterion Collection: "Among the first Japanese films to deal directly with the scars of World War II, this drama about a group of rank-and-file Japanese soldiers jailed for crimes against humanity was adapted from the diaries of real prisoners. Because of the inflammatory content, the film was shelved by the studio for three years before being released."
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's first major film. Its political subject matter was considered controversial at the time it was made, and Kobayashi was asked to make severe cuts and alterations. He opted instead to shelve it, and the film was released unaltered four years later. During those four years he mostly made innocuous domestic dramas, before returning to more politically-charged filmmaking with The Human Condition I: No Greater Love
(1959). See more