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The Human Condition (DigiPack)(The Criterion Collection)(Blu-ray)(Region A)(Pre-order / Jun 8)

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The Human Condition Blu-ray
DigiPack
Criterion | 1959-1961 | 3 Movies | 575 min | Not rated | Jun 08, 2021

Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Original aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Audio
Mono (Parts 1–4)
4.0 DTS-HD Master Audio (Parts 5 and 6)

Subtitles
English SDH

Discs
Blu-ray Disc
Three-disc set (3 BD-50)
UPC 715515259811


The Human Condition (1959-1961)

This mammoth humanist drama by Masaki Kobayashi is one of the most staggering achievements of Japanese cinema. Originally filmed and released in three installments of two parts each, the nine-and-a-half-hour The Human Condition, adapted from Junpei Gomikawa's six-volume novel, tells of the journey of the well-intentioned yet naive Kaji—played by the Japanese superstar Tatsuya Nakadai—from labor camp supervisor to Imperial Army soldier to Soviet prisoner of war. Constantly trying to rise above a corrupt system, Kaji time and again finds his morals to be an impediment rather than an advantage. A raw indictment of Japan's wartime mentality as well as a personal existential tragedy, Kobayashi's riveting, gorgeously filmed epic is novelistic cinema at its best.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi
Writers: Masaki Kobayashi, Zenzô Matsuyama, Kôichi Inagaki
Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Yûsuke Kawazu, Keiji Sada, Taketoshi Naitô, Keijiro Morozumi