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

Ningen no jôken (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History, War | 5 August 1970 (USA)
His ideals challenged by life as a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist faces ever greater tests in his fight for survival.

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Masaki Kobayashi

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Zenzô Matsuyama (screenplay), Kôichi Inagaki (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tatsuya Nakadai ... Kaji
Michiyo Aratama ... Michiko
Tamao Nakamura Tamao Nakamura ... Hinannmin no Shôjo
Yûsuke Kawazu ... Terada Nitôhei
Chishû Ryû ... Hinanmin no Chôrô
Taketoshi Naitô Taketoshi Naitô ... Tange Ittôhei
Kyôko Kishida ... Ryûko
Reiko Hitomi Reiko Hitomi ... Umeko
Keijirô Morozumi Keijirô Morozumi ... Hironaka Gôchô
Kôji Kiyomura Kôji Kiyomura ... Hikita Ittôhei
Nobuo Kaneko ... Kirihara Gôchô
Fujio Suga Fujio Suga ... Nagata Taii
Tatsuya Ishiguro ... Dôkutsu Taichô
Kazuo Kitamura Kazuo Kitamura ... Kitagô Sôchô
Toshio Takahara Toshio Takahara ... Chôsen e Iku Heichô
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Part three of a trilogy. After the Japanese defeat to the Russians in the last episode, Kaji, the Japanese soldier and humanistic protagonist, 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. Ultimately, he finds himself in the exact opposite position he held in the first episode: Then a labor manager, Kaji is now a prisoner of war, forced to work for the Russians, who do not seem to hold to the Communist ideals in which Kaji himself had put his faith. Written by nao209@nyu.edu

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Drama | History | War

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | Mandarin | Russian

Release Date:

5 August 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer See more »

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Ninjin Club, Shochiku See more »
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Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Is the first Japanese movie in stereo. See more »

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Follows The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959) See more »

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personality effecting movie
20 March 2012 | by ibts12See all my reviews

i had listened a lot about this movie but was unlucky that i had not seen this. This is a fascinating movie and i think that i am still feeling effect of the movie on my personality. I never imagined that even a movie can effect someone so much,and also there is feeling that what should be an excellent human condition ( as shown by Kaji and his wife) and what is prevailing human condition as we see around us. I have deep regards for all the crew of the movie who provided us a worth seeing and personality effecting movie. I dedicate all I have learned to the director of movie Masaki Kobayashi.

I have given the movie 10/10 because i find no point to deduct even a single mark. I recommend all serious movie viewers to kindly must see this movie and try to learn from it.


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