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* DrivenToSuicide: Private Obara, a weakling who really has no business in the army, kills himself after nonstop, relentless bullying by just about everybody in the unit except for Kaji.

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* DrivenToSuicide: Private Obara, a weakling who really has no business in the army, kills himself after nonstop, relentless relentless, non-stop bullying by just about everybody in the unit except for Kaji.


* EpicMovie: As a single film, it's 9 hours, 47 minutes long without any intermissions. So it ''definitely'' qualifies.

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* EpicMovie: As a single film, it's 9 hours, 47 39 minutes long without any intermissions. So it ''definitely'' qualifies.


!!The Human condition has 3 entries:

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!!The Human condition Condition has 3 entries:





* EvilColonialist: The Japanese in the first film, who ruthlessly exploit the Chinese miners in Manchuria, using them as quasi-slave labor. Later they acquire Chinese [=POWs=] that they use as slave labor minus the "quasi-". Kaji tries to make things better for the miners, and pays for it, big time.

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* EvilColonialist: The Japanese in the first film, who ruthlessly exploit the Chinese miners in Manchuria, using them as quasi-slave labor. Later Later, they acquire Chinese [=POWs=] that they use as slave labor minus the "quasi-".labor. Kaji tries to make things better for the miners, and pays for it, big time.



* TheIdealist: Kaji, of the [[WideEyedIdealist wide-eyed kind]] at the beginning.

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* TheIdealist: Kaji, of the [[WideEyedIdealist wide-eyed kind]] at the beginning.start.


This film is notoriously [[TearJerker painful]] to watch, due to its [[HumansAreBastards crushing theme]] and [[CrapsackWorld atmosphere]]. However, it is often considered to be the greatest singular piece of Japanese cinema ever created for its all-encompassing scope, its incredible ability to utterly dehumanize humanity and its incredible [[AntiHero character development]].[[note]] or rather, character DE-velopment.[[/note]]

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This film is notoriously [[TearJerker painful]] to watch, due to its [[HumansAreBastards crushing theme]] and [[CrapsackWorld atmosphere]]. However, it is it's often considered to be the greatest singular piece of Japanese cinema ever created for its all-encompassing scope, its incredible ability to utterly dehumanize humanity and its incredible [[AntiHero character development]].[[note]] or rather, character DE-velopment.[[/note]]


* ''The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer'' (1961)

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* ''The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer'' (1961)(1961): Kaji and the few men left with him head south in an attempt to rejoin what's left of the Kwantung Army. Eventually, when it becomes clear that there's no hope of rejoining the army, Kaji, along with a small band of soldiers and civilian refugees, turn their thoughts to escape. They struggle on until they're finally surrounded and forced to surrender to the Soviets, but Kaji still hopes to escape and find Michiko again.



* AnArmAndALeg: A soldier runs off to get orders during the Russian attack, until a tank shell explodes right in front of him. All we see is a single severed arm resting on the edge of the shell hole.
* BattleTrophy: Kageyama has an American helmet as a keepsake.



* EvilColonialist: The Japanese, who ruthlessly exploit the Chinese miners in Manchuria, using them as quasi-slave labor. Later they acquire Chinese [=POWs=] that they use as slave labor minus the "quasi-". Kaji tries to make things better for the miners, and pays for it, big time.

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* EvilColonialist: The Japanese, Japanese in the first film, who ruthlessly exploit the Chinese miners in Manchuria, using them as quasi-slave labor. Later they acquire Chinese [=POWs=] that they use as slave labor minus the "quasi-". Kaji tries to make things better for the miners, and pays for it, big time.


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* AFatherToHisMen: When Kaji gets promoted to PFC and is assigned a squad of new recruits, he tries to protect them from the vicious sociopathy of the artillery veterans in the regiment.


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* KubrickStare: Naruto, one of the recruits being tortured in a scene from ''Road to Eternity'', does this right before he snaps and attacks the [=NCOs=].
* LaughingMad: Onodera flips out and starts laughing at the very end of ''Road to Eternity'', screaming that the Russians aren't so tough and he'll kill them all. Kaji strangles him to death, to stop him from giving them away, and has a major TheseHandsHaveKilled moment afterwards.


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* MoodWhiplash: One of the few non-horrific parts of the entire saga is a scene where Kaji and his work detail are out on the steppe, building fortifications, laughing and joking about their wives. This is followed by an officer gathering the men to tell them that the Soviets have attacked.


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* PinPullingTeeth: Kaji does this in the battle sequence at the end of ''Road to Eternity'', as the Soviet tanks bear down on them.


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* TheseHandsHaveKilled: Kaji, who has tried through two movies to remain faithful to his moral code, breaks down at the end of ''Road to Eternity'' after killing Onodera to keep him from giving their position away.
--> '''Kaji''': I'm a monster, but I'm still alive!

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* TheBusCameBack: Kaji's friend Kageyama appears briefly in the early scenes of the first film, where he is bummed out about having gotten his notice of induction into the army. A good four hours later in the second film, he shows up on the front line in Manchuria as a 2nd Lieutenant and the commanding officer of Kaji's squad.

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* DrillSergeantNasty: All the cruel, merciless instructors in the training sequence of ''Road to Eternity''. PFC Yoshida drives Obara to suicide by relentless bullying.
* DrivenToSuicide: Private Obara, a weakling who really has no business in the army, kills himself after nonstop, relentless bullying by just about everybody in the unit except for Kaji.


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* TrainingFromHell: The horrifically brutal training sequences in the first part of ''Road to Eternity'', where all the draftees endure brutal punishment, and Obara kills himself.


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* WhateverHappenedToTheMouse: The last we see of Kaji's friend Shinjo is him taking advantage of the chaos caused by a fire on the prairie to run off and desert to the Russian lines. We never find out if he made it or what happened when/if he got there.

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* ToplessnessFromTheBack: Michiko in ''Road to Eternity'', although in this case it's not really for {{Fanservice}}. It's actually an emotional scene after she makes a difficult journey to the fort to see Kaji. Knowing full well that he may never see her again, he asks her to take her clothes off, so he can burn the image of her into his mind.


* BootCampEpisode: Much of ''Road to Eternity'' deals with Kaji's time as a new recruit soldier, and the brutal, pitiless savagery of the Imperial Japanese Army.



* OminousFog: The mining camp is wreathed in fog for the scene where the Chinese prisoners make a doomed escape attempt.

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* OminousFog: The mining camp is wreathed in fog for the scene where the Chinese prisoners make a doomed escape attempt.attempt, as Japanese guards lie in wait outside.


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* VoiceoverLetter: Early in Part II Kaji's CO reads a VoiceoverLetter from his wife, who pleads for him to give Kaji a break.


The film centers on [[TheIdealist Kaji]] (played by Creator/TatsuyaNakadai), a smitten scholar with strong convictions in pacifism and socialism. The film presents Kaji attempting to [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism retain his life and soul]] through [[TragicHero various moral and ethical trials]] - all the while trying to get back to [[StarCrossedLovers the woman he loves.]]

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The setting is Japanese-occupied Manchuria in the last two years of the war, 1943-45. The film centers on [[TheIdealist Kaji]] (played by Creator/TatsuyaNakadai), a smitten scholar with strong convictions in pacifism and socialism. The film presents Kaji attempting to [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism retain his life and soul]] through [[TragicHero various moral and ethical trials]] - all the while trying to get back to [[StarCrossedLovers the woman he loves.]]



* ''The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity'' (1959)

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* ''The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity'' (1959)(1959): Kaji has been conscripted into the Japanese army. His time in the army is particularly unpleasant because the authorities know about his liberal sympathies. Kaji tries to protect a particularly weak soldier named Obara, then, after he's promoted to private first-class, he tries to protect his men from some particularly brutal artillery men. Things then go FromBadToWorse when the Red Army comes over the border and attacks the Japanese.

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* DutchAngle: A lot of Dutch Angles are used in the sequence where the Japanese are beheading Chinese prisoners. Notably, after Kao insists that he will walk to his own execution, the camera tilts back to straight horizontal.


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* MeadowRun: Slag Heap Run, as Kaji and Michiko run to each other in the last scene of the first movie, after he's been released from the Kenpeitai but only a day before he has to report to the army.


* EvilColonialist: The Japanese, who ruthlessly exploit the Chinese miners in Manchuria, using them as quasi-slave labor. Kaji tries to make things better for the miners, and pays for it, big time.

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* EvilColonialist: The Japanese, who ruthlessly exploit the Chinese miners in Manchuria, using them as quasi-slave labor. Later they acquire Chinese [=POWs=] that they use as slave labor minus the "quasi-". Kaji tries to make things better for the miners, and pays for it, big time.


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* OminousFog: The mining camp is wreathed in fog for the scene where the Chinese prisoners make a doomed escape attempt.


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* SoundOnlyDeath: When the Chinese prisoners hit the electrified fence that as it turns out is still electrified--Chen never got the power cut off--there's no sound, only the visual of the electricity sparking as they fry against the wire.

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* CrapsackWorld: Manchuria in the 1930s and 1940s, where Japanese occupiers run brutal, nightmarish slave labor mining camps, and armies fight a savage, pitiless war.


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* SexSlave: The Chinese "comfort women" held in the mining camp to service both the Japanese overseers and the Chinese laborers.
* SpitefulSpit: Kao, a particularly spirited Chinese POW/slave, spits on the ground when Kaji makes empty promises about how the workers won't be killed.

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* KickTheDog: The labor foreman demonstrates the deadliness of the electric fence to the POW slave laborers by picking up a dog and throwing the dog into the fence. It is killed.

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