The Human Condition (1961)

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The Human Condition is a Japanese epic film trilogy made between 1959 and 1961 The trilogy follows the life of Kaji, a Japanese pacifist and socialist, as he tries to survive in the totalitarian and oppressive world of World War II-era Japan. Taken altogether as a single film, it is 9 hours and 47 minutes long, which includes intermissions, making it one of the longest narrative films ever made. While the films earned considerable controversy at the time of their release in Japan, The Human Condition was critically acclaimed, won many international awards, and has since established Masaki Kobayashi as one of the most important Japanese directors of his generation.

  • Number of Movies: 3
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Featured Cast

  1. Tatsuya Nakadai
  2. Michiyo Aratama

    Michiyo Aratama

    Michiko

  3. Kokinji Katsura

    Kokinji Katsura

    Sasa Nitôhei

  4. Chikage Awashima

    Chikage Awashima

    Tôfuku Kin

  5. Tamao Nakamura

    Tamao Nakamura

    Hinannmin no Shôjo

  6. Yūsuke Kawazu

    Yūsuke Kawazu

    Terada Nitôhei

  7. Jun Tatara

    Jun Tatara

    Hino Jun'i

  8. Ineko Arima

    Ineko Arima

    Shunran Yô

  9. Michirô Minami

    Michirô Minami

    Yoshida Jôtôhei

  10. Sō Yamamura

    Sō Yamamura

    Okishima

  11. Chishū Ryū

    Chishū Ryū

    Hinanmin no Chôrô

  12. Taketoshi Naitô

    Taketoshi Naitô

    Tange Ittôhei

  13. Kei Satō

    Kei Satō

    Shinjô Ittôhei

  14. Akira Ishihama

Featured Crew

  1. Masaki Kobayashi

    Masaki Kobayashi

    Writing, Directing

  2. Zenzō Matsuyama
  3. Koichi Inagaki

    Writing

During the Second World War, Japanese conscientious objector Kaji works as a supervisor in a Manchurian prison camp. He hopes to avoid duty as a soldier, but he also hopes to be helpful to the welfare of his prisoners. But an escape attempt by Chinese prisoners results in Kaji's arrest for collusion. He faces the possibility of transferral to combat--or worse.

Kaji is sent to the Japanese army labeled Red and is mistreated by the vets. Along his assignment, Kaji witnesses cruelties in the army and revolts against the abusive treatment against the recruit Obara. 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.

After the Japanese defeat to the Russians, Kaji 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.

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