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The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity (1959)

Ningen no jôken (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History, War | February 1961 (USA)
As a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist struggles to maintain his determination to keep his ideals.

Director:

Masaki Kobayashi

Writers:

Zenzô Matsuyama (screenplay), Masaki Kobayashi (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tatsuya Nakadai ... Kaji
Michiyo Aratama ... Michiko
Kokinji Katsura Kokinji Katsura ... Sasa Nitôhei
Jun Tatara Jun Tatara ... Hino Jun'i
Michirô Minami ... Yoshida Jôtôhei
Kei Satô Kei Satô ... Shinjô Ittôhei
Kunie Tanaka ... Obara Nitôhei
Ryôhei Uchida Ryôhei Uchida ... Hashitani Gunsô
Kan Yanagiya Kan Yanagiya ... Tanoue Nitôhei
Kenjirô Uemura ... Bannai Jôtôhei
Kaneko Iwasaki ... Tokunaga Kangofu
Mayumi Kurata Mayumi Kurata ... Obara's Wife
Taketoshi Naitô Taketoshi Naitô ... Tange Ittôhei
Hideo Kidokoro Hideo Kidokoro ... Kudô Taii
Yoshiaki Aoki Yoshiaki Aoki ... Soga Gunsô
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Storyline

Kaji is sent to the Japanese army labeled Red and is mistreated by the vets. Along his assignment, Kaji witnesses cruelties in the army; he revolts against the abusive treatment spent to the recruit Obara that commits suicide; 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. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama | History | War

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | Mandarin | Russian

Release Date:

February 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Human Condition II: Road to Eternity See more »

Filming Locations:

Hokkaido, Japan

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Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Kaji: You seem to love ultimate victory even more than food. Personally, I love my wife more than ultimate victory. You may consider that unmanly. But when fighting starts, I'll be the only one you can count on.
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Deeply Moving
24 March 2002 | by torii15See all my reviews

It's been a long time since I've seen "Ningen no joken II", the second of Kibiyashi's trilogy: "The Human Condition". One scene (and you'll know it if you see the film) is one of the most visually stunning and heart wrenching in movie history. The rest of the film isn't far behind it with Tatsuya Nakadai giving a brilliant performance playing a good man caught in the monstrous jaws of history. Deeply moving.


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