The Burmese Harp

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Time Out says

Lyrical and rather ostentatiously humanist, Ichikawa's film tells of a Japanese soldier in Burma, so appalled by the bloody carnage of war that he refuses to return home after his country's defeat, and stays on, garbed as a Buddhist monk, to bury the dead. If the film was clearly a sincere castigation of the militarist fervour that swept Japan during the war, it nevertheless suffers from its rather deliberate heart-warming tone and a too leisurely pace that tends to over-emphasise moments of pathos. That said, it is hard not to be swayed by the pacifist sentiments.
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UK release:

1956

Duration:

116 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Kon Ichikawa

Cast:

Tanie Kitabayashi, Tatsuya Mihashi, Rentaro Mikuni, Shoji Yasui, Yunosuke Ito

Music:

Akira Ifukube

Art Director:

Takashi Matsuyama

Cinematography:

Minoru Yokoyama

Screenwriter:

Natto Wada

Producer:

Masayuki Takagi

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