人間の條件 The Human Condition Trilogy | Free

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The Human Condition I: No Greater Love 1959 Ages 15+
12.30pm Sat 13 Aug | GOMA | Cinema A

In the era of WWII, newlyweds Kaji and Michiko move to the Japanese territory of Manchuria so that Kaji, as a mine overseer, can avoid army conscription. The iron mine, essential to the Japanese war effort, has a workforce of Chinese prisoners of war. Kaji (who is certainly a stand-in for Kobayashi) is a pacifist with humanist convictions and attempts to improve the POW's appalling conditions but encounters resistance from everyone – his colleagues, to the military who supply near-dead prisoners of war to the Chinese prisoners he is hoping to help.

The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity 1959 Ages 15+
1.30pm Sat 20 Aug | GOMA | Cinema A

In this second installment of The Human Condition trilogy, Kaji is conscripted into the Japanese army. Tatsuya Nakadai again offers a haunting performance of Kaji who continues to grapple with the dehumanising effects of war. The director's scathing critique of military brutality is eloquently yet devastatingly rendered in the cruel training Kaji and his fellow recruits endure. Kobayashi continues to assert with fierce eloquence the dichotomy between a 'humane' motivation at the core of the human condition and the depths to which human nature can plummet.

The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer 1961 Ages 15+
1.30pm Sat 27 Aug | GOMA | Cinema A

The conclusion of Kobayashi's trilogy sees the final breakdown of Kaji's beliefs in justice and equality. After the Soviet invasion of Japan, Kaji finds himself caught between being mistakenly branded a deserter by the Japanese military and being taken by the invading forces. Kaji's disillusionment with socialist ideals is complete when, after a spectacular chase by Soviet forces through a wheat field on fire, he witnesses first-hand communist soldiers in battle. Kaji's thoughts turn to escape. Compelling in scale and bleak grandeur, the concluding chapter of Kobayashi's story, seeks redemption, not only for his protagonist but very possibly for the director himself.
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By: Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art