The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity

The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity (1959)

The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity
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Kaji, having lost his exemption from military service by protecting Chinese prisoners from unjust punishment, has now been conscripted into the Japanese Kwantung Army. Despite his anti-militarism, Kaji excels in his training and tries to implement his ideals in his dealings with other soldiers in the face of the prevailing brutality. The film ends with the Soviet army's victorious onslaught.

Original Title:人間の條件 第3部望郷篇/第4部戦雲篇
Release Date:November 20, 1959
Genres:War, Drama, History
Production Company:Shôchiku Eiga
Production Countries:Japan
Director:Masaki Kobayashi
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Plot Keywords:japan, japanese, world war ii, recruit, conscientious objector, sequel, military, japanese army, foxhole, trenches, imperial japan
  • First Sequel of an Anti-War Masterpiece
    February 13, 2013
    Kaji is sent to the Japanese army labeled of Red and is mistreated by the vets. Along his assignment, Kaji witnesses cruelties in the army; he revolts against the abusive treatment spent to the recruit Obara that commits suicide; he also sees his friend Shinjô Ittôhei defecting to the Russian border; and he ends in the front to fight a lost battle against the Soviet tanks division.
    "The Human Condition – Parts III & IV" is the first sequel of the anti- war masterpiece by Masaki Kobayashi. The story is impressively realistic and magnificently shot with top-notch camera work, giving the sensation of a documentary. But maybe the most impressive is to see the treatment of the Japanese military with their soldiers. If they treated their own compatriots with such brutality, imagine how the enemies would be treated? My vote is ten.
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