The Burmese Harp

  • 1956
  • Movie
  • NR
  • War

One of Kon Ichikawa's greatest films (ranking with his fine WW II drama FIRES ON THE PLAIN), this lyrical antiwar film is the picture that brought the brilliant Japanese director international renown. Private Mizushima (Shoji Yasui) is assigned to convince a Burmese unit of Japanese soldiers to surrender during the final days of WW II. When he is unsuccessful,...read more

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One of Kon Ichikawa's greatest films (ranking with his fine WW II drama FIRES ON THE PLAIN), this lyrical antiwar film is the picture that brought the brilliant Japanese director international renown. Private Mizushima (Shoji Yasui) is assigned to convince a Burmese unit of Japanese

soldiers to surrender during the final days of WW II. When he is unsuccessful, the unit is attacked and wiped out with the exception of Mizushima, who is injured but nursed back to health by a Buddhist monk. Wearing a monk's robe, Mizushima then proceeds to bury the dead, honoring their dignity as

he is transformed from a soldier into a holy man. The film was not released in the US until 1967. Remade in color by Kon Ichikawa in 1985.

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