The Human Condition Trilogy II: Road To Eternity (Ningen no jôken)

The Human Condition Trilogy II: Road To Eternity (Ningen no jôken) Japan (1959) Dir. Masaki Kobayashi This is the second instalment of Masaki Kobayashi’s hugely ambitious but rewarding 10 hour, three film adaptation of Jumpei Gomikawa’s epic six-volume novel The Human Condition, an anti-war story based on the writer’s own army experiences. At the end … Continue reading The Human Condition Trilogy II: Road To Eternity (Ningen no jôken)

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The Human Condition Trilogy I: No Greater Love (Ningen no jôken)

The Human Condition Trilogy I: No Greater Love (Ningen no jôken) Japan (1959) Dir. Masaki Kobayashi Quite often in the world of cinema you’ll hear of novels that have been deemed “unfilmable” for a number of reasons, the usual factors being length, the adaptability of the content and the practicalities of the production. In Japan … Continue reading The Human Condition Trilogy I: No Greater Love (Ningen no jôken)

Kwaidan

Kwaidan Japan (1964) Dir. Masaki Kobayashi The J-Horror boom of the late 90’s, spearheaded by the classic Ringu introduced modern cinema fans here in the west to the long black-haired vengeful spirit and the nightmares they engendered among the Japanese populace. While this was a fairly new sensation for us in Asia this has long … Continue reading Kwaidan