The Burmese Harp

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.

Release details

Duration: 116 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Kon Ichikawa
Screenwriter: Natto Wada
Cast: Shoji Yasui
Rentaro Mikuni
Tatsuya Mihashi
Tanie Kitabayashi
Yunosuke Ito
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