The Human Condition Trilogy III: A Soldier’s Prayer (Ningen no jôken)

The Human Condition Trilogy III: A Soldier’s Prayer (Ningen no jôken) Japan (1962) Dir. Masaki Kobayashi “When it’s kill or be killed, you change” At the beginning of this classic anti-war trilogy it was unthinkable that we’d hear such bold words coming from the pacifist protagonist at the centre of it all, a man who … Continue reading The Human Condition Trilogy III: A Soldier’s Prayer (Ningen no jôken)

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)

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)