Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Ningen no joken III (Masaki Kobayashi, 1961) aka The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer
The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (Masaki Kobayashi, 1961)
The grueling journey for Kaji as well as the audience commences with Kaji realizing that socialism may be a better answer than fascism, but is still deeply flawed. All of his tireless efforts are futile in the end, suggesting perhaps humanity is doomed in the material world, but perhaps truly free in the afterlife. The combined trilogy is probably the greatest cinematic effort I've witnessed.