The Human Condition (Ningen no joken)
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The Human Condition (Ningen no joken)

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Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Masaki Kobayashi
Year: 1959
Format: DVD
Genre: Drama, War
Cast: Akira Ishihama, Akitake Kono, Chikage Awashima, Chishu Ryu, Ed Keene, Eitaro Ozawa, Fumio Watanabe, Hideko Takamine, Ineko Arima, Jun Tatara, Kei Sato, Keiji Sada, Keijiro Morozumi, Koji Kiyomura, Koji Mitsui, Kokinji Katsura, Kunie Tanaka, Kyoko Kishida, Kyu Sazanka, Masao Mishima, Michio Minami, Michiyo Aratama, Minoru Chiaki, Nobuo Kaneko, Nobuo Nakamura, Reiko Hitomi, Ronald Self, Seiji Miyaguchi, Shinji Nambara, Shoji Yasui, So Yamamura, Susumu Fujita, Taketoshi Naito, Tamao Nakamura, Tatsuya Nakadai, Toru Abe, Yusuke Kawazu
Original Language: Japanese
Subtitle Language:
Number of discs: 4
Street Date: 8-Sep-09
Runtime (minutes):

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:*
* 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

_New cover design by Sarah Habibi, calligraphy by Akiko Crowther_

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