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The Human Condition - Criterion Collection

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Genres: Drama, History, War
Director: Masaki Kobayashi
Plot Sypnosis:

This mammoth humanist drama by MASAKI KOBAYASHI (Kwaidan) is one of the most staggering achievements of Japanese cinema. Originally filmed and released in three installments of two parts each, the nine-and-a-half-hour The Human Condition, adapted from Junpei Gomikawa’s six-volume novel, tells of the journey of the well-intentioned yet naive Kaji—played by the Japanese superstar TATSUYA NAKADAI (High and Low)—from labor camp supervisor to Imperial Army soldier to Soviet prisoner of war. Constantly trying to rise above a corrupt system, Kaji time and again finds his morals to be an impediment rather than an advantage. A raw indictment of Japan’s wartime mentality as well as a personal existential tragedy, Kobayashi’s riveting, gorgeously filmed epic is novelistic cinema at its best.

Release Details

Movie Release Year: 1961
Tech Specs & Release Details

Length: 575
Specs: 3 x Blu-ray Discs
Video Resolution/Codec: 1080p AVC/MPEG-4
Aspect Ratio(s): 2.39:1
Audio Formats: Japanese: DTS-HD MA 4.0 Surround
Subtitles/Captions: English
Special Features: • PLUS: An essay by critic Philip Kemp