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|
|Writers||:||Jumpei Gomikawa, Masaki Kobayashi, Zenzô Matsuyama|
|Casts||:||Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Kokinji Katsura, Jun Tatara, Michirô Minami, Kei Satô, Kunie Tanaka, Ryôhei Uchida, Kan Yanagiya, Kenjiro Uemura, Kaneko Iwasaki, Mayumi Kurata, Taketoshi Naitô, Hideo Kidokoro, Yoshiaki Aoki, Rô Ose, Tamotsu Tamura, Tôru Takeuchi, Sen Hara, Sen Yano, Akio Miyabe, Takashi Ebata, Keiji Sada, Yûsuke Kawazu, Susumu Fujita, Minoru Chiaki, Shôji Yasui, Fumio Watanabe, Jun Hamamura, Akiji Kobayashi, Keijirô Morozumi, Shôbun Inoue, Shojiro Ogasawara, Shôji Ôki, Isao Suenaga, Hisashi Igawa|
|Plot Keywords||:||japan, japanese, world war ii, recruit, conscientious objector, sequel, japanese army, foxhole, reference to stalin, trenches, imperial japan|
It's been a long time since I've seen "Ningen no joken II", the second of Kibiyashi's trilogy: "The Human Condition". One scene (and you'll know it if you see the film) is one of the most visually stunning and heart wrenching in movie history. The rest of the film isn't far behind it with Tatsuya Nakadai giving a brilliant performance playing a good man caught in the monstrous jaws of history. Deeply moving.