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The Human Condition (1961) (DVD)


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UPC Number: 715515046619

Actors: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Chikage Awashima, Ineko Arima, Keiji Sada

Directors: Masaki Kobayashi

Format: Box set, Black & White, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC

Language: Japanese

Number of discs: 4

Studio: Criterion

Release date: September 8, 2009

Run time: 574 minutes

Product Description

Masaki Kobayashi’s mammoth humanist drama is one of the most staggering achievements of Japanese cinema. Originally filmed and released in three parts, the nine-and-a-half-hour The Human Condition (Ningen no joken), adapted from Junpei Gomikawa’s six-volume novel, tells of the journey of the well-intentioned yet naive Kaji (handsome Japanese superstar Tatsuya Nakadai) from labor camp supervisor to Imperial Army soldier to Soviet POW. Constantly trying to rise above a corrupt system, Kaji time and again finds his morals an impediment rather than an advantage. A raw indictment of its nation’s wartime mentality as well as a personal existential tragedy, Kobayashi’s riveting, gorgeously filmed epic is novelistic cinema at its best. FOUR-DISC SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES: • New, restored high-definition digital transfer • Excerpt from a rare Directors Guild of Japan video interview with director Masaki Kobayashi, conducted by filmmaker Masahiro Shinoda (Double Suicide) • New video interview with actor Tatsuya Nakadai • Video appreciation of Kobayashi and The Human Condition featuring Shinoda • Japanese theatrical trailers • New and improved English subtitle translation • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Philip Kemp


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