Film: The Human Condition
Life and death...
Hope and despair...
Love and truth...
All torn to shreds by war.
Released in 6 acts over 3 entries, The Human Condition
is considered Masaki Kobayashi's greatest work: an epic humanist tragedy
, nearly 10 hours in length
, set against WWII Japan. The production was directly adapted from a six-volume novel
by Junpei Gomikawa and on Kobayashi's own experience
as a pacifist attempting to survive in WWII Japan.
The film centers on Kaji
(played by Tatsuya Nakadai
), a smitten scholar with strong convictions in pacifism and socialism. The film presents Kaji attempting to retain his life and soul
through various moral and ethical trials
- all the while trying to get back to the woman he loves.The Human Condition
is notoriously painful
to watch, due to its crushing theme
. It is often considered, however, as the greatest singular piece of Japanese cinema ever created for its all-encompassing scope, its incredible ability to utterly dehumanize humanity and its incredible character development
The Human condition has 3 entries:
- The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959)
- The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity (1959)
- The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961)
Tropes featured in the film: