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The Human Condition - Criterion Collection

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

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
    Release Date: June 8th, 2021
    MPAA Rating: Not Rated
    Movie Release Year: 1961
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Criterion
  • Technical Specs
    Length:575 Minutes
    Specs:3 x Blu-ray Discs
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p AVC/MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):2.39:1
    Audio Formats:Japanese: LPCM Mono
    Japanese: DTS-HD MA 4.0 Surround
    Subtitles/Captions:English
    Special Features:
    • Excerpt from a 1993 Directors Guild of Japan interview with director Masaki Kobayashi, conducted by filmmaker Masahiro Shinoda
    • Interview from 2009 with actor Tatsuya Nakadai
    • Appreciation of Kobayashi and The Human Conditionfrom 2009 featuring Shinoda
    • Trailers
    • PLUS: An essay by critic Philip Kemp