Ningen no jôken (Human Condition III - A Soldier's Prayer)

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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 humanist 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, whom do not seem to hold to the Communist ideals in which Kaji himself had put his faith.


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see review for "the human condition 1".

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Drama for your mama, boy oh boy does the suffering ever stop! This movie begins where part II ends, Kaji has seen enough and his only goal is to make it out safe and be united with his wife Michiko. Is it better not to have someone waiting for you? It's what makes him go on, where other people give up. You can see Kaji is changed by what he has seen and been through, he's been defeated, and it breaks your heart. Although he's accompanied by other people, he's alone in the world. People become individuals in this movie. Everything Kaji stands for is crumbling to pieces, that strong sense of "humanity" and the things you can accomplish when you stick together don't fly in wartime, not when your first priority is to stay alive. What can I say to convince you to go see this nine hour long trilogy? It stays in your head, and when you've turned your tv off, it keeps on getting better and better. If you're a fan of Tatsuya Nakadai: you won't be disappointed. Shit man, I can't wait to see it again, but I'll save it for later :)

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