With Kobayashi's later work and arguably his masterpiece Harakiri still fresh in my mind, I tried to finish this movie so I could go on to what I hear are some of the best Kobayashi works, which are the Human Condition sequels. Previously I made a lot of attempts at finishing it, but a lot of things have annoyed me with it to a point where I completely lost interest in the movie and its story. While it begins strong…
Just like most Kobayashi films that I've seen, this movie is shrouded in tragedy and pain. It is not often that you see a movie as emotional as this one that doesn't go for cheap shock effect or something of the kind. The story is beautiful, and the amount of effort and work put into it is clear throughout the movie. The attention to detail is bizarre almost, and the amount of research done for a lot of the themes…
It's not exactly good but not bad either, although as a direct follow-up to one of my personal favorite films of all time it lacks in quality, story, and effects that made the original so good. The fact that there is not one but two villains now who crank it out is a welcome addition, but in the end the whole thing is kind of ruined by the nonsensical structure and bland characters who this movie clearly tried to shine the spotlight on.
I think about this movie quite a lot. Conceptually, it remains as one of my favorite movies of all time, and the great story that has a lot of different subtle themes has stuck with me for quite some time.
I love the WW2 background of the story and how that topic is approached and played with. I love the visual storytelling and the way everything is presented to us, and of course, I LOVE how the language barrier is…