The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity
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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
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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, japanese army, foxhole, reference to stalin, trenches, imperial japan
  • Deeply Moving
    March 24, 2002
    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.