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Burmese Harp (Criterion Collection)

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After experiencing the burmese campaign from 1943-1944, a japanese soldier takes it upon himself to bury the unknown dead of the conflict.


Studio Criterion Collection
SKU 203935584
UPC 715515022729
UPC 14 00715515022729
Format DVD
Release Date 3/13/2007
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Name Ichikawa,Kon
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Cast & Crew
Akira Ifukube - Original Music By
Jun Hamamura - Actor
Kon Ichikawa - Director
Masanori Tsujii - Editor
Masayuki Takaki - Producer
Michio Takeyama - Based On Novel By
Minoru Yokoyama - Cinematographer
Natto Wada - Screenplay
Rentaro Mikuni - Actor
Shoji Yasui - Actor
Taketoshi Naito - Actor
Nominee (1957) Oscar, The Burmese Harp, Best Foreign Language Film
Winner (1956) Venice Film Festival, Kon Ichikawa, OCIC Award - Honorable Mention,Venice Film Festival, Kon Ichikawa, San Giorgio Prize
Nominee (1956) Venice Film Festival, Kon Ichikawa, Golden Lion Award
ReviewSource Strictly Film School
Review The Burmese Harp is a haunting, poignant and serenely indelible examination of the aftermath of war. The film opens with the spare, enigmatic words: In Burma, soil is red, so are rocks. Using landscape as a metaphor for the isolation and suffering of the soul, Kon Ichikawa contrasts the chaotic, harsh realities of war with the tranquil expanse of nature: the mountain fortress attack; the discovery of a body leaning against a tree in the jungle; the mass burial of soldiers along the shoreline. Symbolically, Mizushima's spiritual transformation is reflected in a scene where the troop assembles for choral practice at a religious site, as Mizushima rests inside the hull (the figurative soul) of a Buddha statue. It is a reflection of his own enlightenment and sense of purpose after witnessing a great and senseless tragedy - a transcendence beyond his spiritual captivity - towards a lonely, indefinite journey, guided solely by humanity and personal conscience.
ReviewRating 10
Product Attributes
Actor Ichikawa,Kon
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes exceptional film with a potent message - as important today as at any time in the history of the world.
TV Guide This lyrical antiwar film is the picture that brought the brilliant Japanese director international renown.
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