The Human Condition I: No Greater Love ★★★★

Interesting perspective on the nature of morality and human feeling. All the aesthetic choices seem deliberate and functionally beautiful in the style of most good Japanese films from this era.  Could see the twist at the end coming from about 45 minutes in. Feels novelistic and so tends to take its time and develop nuances through repetition. In a way the romantic relationship at the center has the potential to be the most interesting part, but tends to be the least interesting.