Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
The Human Condition (parts 1 and 2) – I actually saw the conclusion of Kobayashi’s magnum opus first, but it still holds up well, even seeing it out of order. In these 2 segments, the idealistic Kaji (the great Tatsuya Nakadai) takes a job managing a mining camp, and is undermined by a corrupt system. The HC films are unflinching in their depiction of the excesses of WW2 Japan, and part two might be the best of them all, as Kaji fights to save Chinese POW’s forced to endure brutal treatment in the mines. Recommended.