Burmese Harp Reviews

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
October 23, 2007
Kon Ichikawa's 1956 antiwar film was widely hailed at the time of its release for its power and commitment, though by today's standards it's likely to appear uncomfortably didactic.
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
April 1, 2007
The Burmese Harp, just as the titular instrument suggests songs without filling them out, is a slight film that suggests the heavy human toll of war without actually presenting it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com
March 21, 2007
Fascinating stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
February 21, 2011
much like the soldier Mizushima dressed in the robes of a Buddhist monk, Ichikawa's war film tries on borrowed spiritualist attire and finds that it is an unexpectedly perfect fit.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 10, 2009
This is the pic that brought international acclaim to Ichikawa.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
April 28, 2007
most gentle of war dramas
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ceri Thomas
Film4
March 30, 2004
From start to finish, there's a stirring humanism to Ichikawa's little seen classic. A powerful and affecting anti-war movie.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 1, 2010
Thoroughly engrossing in its humanism and often heartbreakingly beautiful in both tone and image.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
October 29, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: A
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
December 30, 2008
Nominated in the first year of the foreign-language Oscar, Ichikawa's art film was innovative at the time with its anti-war spiritual message and lyrical imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: B+

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 30, 2003
This lyrical antiwar film is the picture that brought the brilliant Japanese director international renown.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Time Out
October 23, 2008
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Variety
March 26, 2009
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