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The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer
Love is the Condition for Being Human
The Japanese forces having been shattered, Kaji and some comrades embark on an epic journey on foot southward to where Kaji hopes to rejoin Michiko. After surviving many perils he is captured by the Red Army and subjected to treatment that echoes that meted out to the Chinese.
All things must end...
And so it goes without saying that we should not expect to come through this epic tale without the weight of existence bearing down upon us. Through Kaji we celebrate the stoic and prevailing strength of ideals, the resonance of a resilient conscience and voice for truth and compassion. Described by a Japanese villager as a 'Paragon of virtue', Kaji's quest to reunite with his love Michiko is an all conquering force that echoes right past the films final frame.
This final chapter sees Kaji leading his remaining followers, and other Japanese soldiers he meets along the way through dense forest, fighting for survival against Russian troops and Chinese militia and avoiding enemy capture, ultimately leading…
If No Greater Love was The Human Condition's social drama, and Road to Eternity its war piece, A Soldier's Prayer appropriately ends the trilogy with a survival story. Appropriate in that the previous two films have been gradually stripping away the comforts of society in Kaji until all that is left is his ideals, and a will to live. To say that the films have been getting darker and darker is an understatement. Here, the trials faced all but guarantee the final result, but still come as a shock.
Volume 5 details Kaji, having lost his squad during battle and rejected the notion of enlistment, journeys through the jungles of Manchuria with the sole goal of getting back to Michiko.…
The Human Condition I: No Greater Love
The Human Condition II: The Road to Eternity
A Soldier's Prayer is the most bleak of the three entries. Unable to rejoin his fractured unit, Kaji and a band of soldiers roam the vast expanses of Manchuria in search of the, quickly dwindling, Japanese Army. Fighting starvation, exhaustion, and roving bands of Russian troops/ Chinese militias, Kaji displays a resolve to return home to Michiko, and to protect his young, humanist, protégé, Terdada (Yûsuke Kawazu).
150th film this year. Here's to another 150 before December 31st. An unexpected journey is the best way to describe my experience with The Human Condition trilogy and a very depressing one at that. I thought I would never get around to watching these set of films, but I finally did and I'm incredibly glad about it. A set of films that are no doubt incredibly dark, realistic, bleak, and very heartbreaking to watch. A difficult watch due to the running times, i'm not going to lie, but it's worth every single second.
The Human Condition I: No Greater Love was about emotion, specifically empathy and sympathy, and how it can change one's perspective on war, cruel acts, and life…
This is to be my 2000th logged film in the Letterboxd database. There cannot be a more fulfilling entry to mark this milestone than the conclusion to what has proven itself to be one of the finest achievements cinema has to offer. Finally coming to the end of a 9.5 hour runtime, what must be digested is, as the title suggests, the entirety of what defines the human condition. From kindness, to love, to hope, to dreams, to glory, to hate, to violence, to strength and weakness - It is a story of a man who's dream is a simple one: to live peacefully with others. Is that not the ultimate goal? This is why Kaji's tale resonates so deeply…
The balance of this epic is crushing. In the final segment, A Soldier's Prayer, I was beginning to feel the sheer exhaustion of almost completing 9½ hours in under two days. Befittingly of all, it serves as a lengthy walk journey. This entry makes you physically feel the hardships and how unforgivably arduous it is to get home. It's particularly good at achieving this bleak grandeur, this yearn for your loved one, and to create a dream-like narrative (which is the first of the three) that isn't linear. A lengthy chunk is centered in a beautiful forest which becomes an ironic backdrop for when the starving refugees begin to lose all hope. There are also flashbacks of the beheadings in…
Я сделал это! Досмотрел таки этот 9,5 часовой (у меня не было intermission во втором и третьих фильмах) гуманистический эпос. Да, технически это три разных фильма, где первый и второй выходили с разницей в полгода, а третий через два года (вы же не думали, что это с властелина колец началось?). Поэтому первый и второй я посмотрел за два дня, а третий фильм отложил на две недели. И это было правильно решение, потому что происходящее уже смешивалось в кашу. Стоит ли это смотреть? Однозначно да. Японцы в пятидесятых и шестидесятых снимали примерно так же как и в советском союзе (я про драмы сейчас), так что фильмы и посылы заходят легко. Надо ли это смотреть? Вот тут уже каждый сам для себя решает. Фильм есть, ценится высоко. Но сказать, что это шедевр изменивший индустрию и повлиявший на другие фильмы - я не могу.
The best entry in the series and a wonderful conclusion that raises what came before it. By focusing on Kaji's descent into hell, and on the suffering inflicted on innocents during war, the film becomes something more than the examination of one disillusioned man. It becomes a harsh criticism of the numerous ways humanity fails itself.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This third part of the Human Conditon trilogy is my personal favorite, which says a lot considering how sensational the first two films were. For Soldier's Prayer, Masaki Kobayashi takes the 'hero' of the series, Kaji, out of the war-zone and now as a fully-formed leader of a militia-level group of soldiers who are just looking to get home. In a sense this is what the series is about- the kind of same sense that Lord of the Rings is about destroying a ring and getting back home- only this time laced with the kind of dread and doom that most directors wouldn't come close to trying let alone accomplishing. It's a tale of survival, not just physically and mortally,…
"There's no sinking any lower. We can only go up from here."
How untrue that statement can be when facing certain odds.
Nice to see Chishu Ryu, Kyoko Kishida and Hideko Takamine show up in the third part of this epic.
(8/8 is "Great")
And with this final stage, it finally hit me how far Kaji had fallen.
The most amazing thing about this whole story is that I agree with Kaji's principles at the beginning. I agree with the compromises he has to make throughout. And I agree in the end with his actions. And so I agree with two opposing standpoints when they suit me, "straddling a fundamental contradiction."
And that, ladies and gentleman, really is The Human Condition. That we can choose to believe in ourselves what is convenient to survive.
(For all three installments)
Holy butt did I like this movie. Just a big-big story with some super characters and compelling drama. Like Gone With the Wind but more than twice as long and in Japanese!
Sadly, The Human Condition III: A Soldier’s Prayer (1961) continues the legacy of The Human Condition II's systemic failings, extending both the narrative pointlessness and thematic self-parody to excruciating lengths. New characters are introduced just for the purpose of destroying them for sentimental effect and nothing that happens is new or of any import. The Human Condition III does feature one stand-out scene as Kaji's party discovers a refugee camp full of women who are eager to indulge any man capable of leading them to a better place, but as with everything else in the final six hours of this series, it raises questions and implications that are merely shrugged off when no longer convenient. For a series that started as a first-rate bummer, it ends in a complete shambles of disappointment.
"No hay nada que hacer, ¿es esa la solución universal a todos los dilemas humanos?"
El mundo es cruel y el hombre debe elegir un grupo o los otros lo elegirán por el. Las heridas no se cierran, las cicatrices permanecen y solo hay una salida posible en este lugar. "La guerra es el infierno" es uno de esos aforismos que resumen bien una idea general sin dejar de ser consciente de todos los matices y el alcance que se deja fuera en su reduccionismo. Solo los que han estado en el infierno saben lo que significa El Infierno. Decadente y demoledora y dispuesta a abatirte tanto como lo están sus protagonistas, que no es poco, "A Soldier's Prayer" es…
A crushing finale. In this panel of the triptych Kaji escapes from the Japanese Army after his unit is defeated, and goes cross-country with a misfit group of soldiers and civilians.
The trilogy started in a prisoner-of-war camp, and it comes full circle, but with Kaji tragically reduced.
There was less moral complexity in this film than in the others. Here the challenges are more physical and tactical: how to survive another day. At the same time, we see Kaji's narrative arc continue its relentless plunge; that a war does this to this man is Kobyashi's great indictment of war.
I said in my notes on Part II that Michiko had become an anchor for Kaji. That is emphatically true here, although she hardly appears, and then only in flashback or voiceover. Without her, the ending would have been unbearable; as it was, it was nearly so.
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