I like that, nicely put!
Epic work, surely one of the greatest film projects ever made.The Subject is changing under the weight of the human condition.A perfect theme masterfully conducted.It's a pity that Kaji will remain only an ideal for a man.I hope that such a deep approach to movies will once again return to the screens.Kobayashi has raised the use of pathetic element to a higher level and emotionally torn the the spectator at the end.
The Seven Samurai has been on the top of my favorite movie list for several years now. That changed after watching The Human Condition. I enjoyed every minute.
Mere words cannot begin to describe this incredible 574-minute tragic journey. Undoubtedly one of the greatest war films ever made. Tatsuya Nakadai proves once again why he is one of the best actors Japan has ever produced.
No other recent film experience I've had comes close to this....it took me several sittings to finish it but it was worth the investment....has there ever been another film that depicted the psychological, emotional and spiritual effect of human suffering so vividly? I will carry this film with me for a long time.
There's a lot to admire here but there's a lot of un-needed exposition, some of the performances are stilted, and the length is a bit excessive. Still, its nice to see a movie that takes its time to develop it themes and thoroughly pull through with them. The potent imaginary and the scope is what makes this movie worth watching.
Just a man slipping into the very nightmarish hell he so desperately in his optimism taught he could avoid. Because it would irreversibly strip him of his humanity. He had no luck. And perished in the process. The Human Condition.
Essentially watching a man walk off a (metaphorical) cliff in slow-motion, but also a brutal, personal epic at the same time. Shockingly, it never drags despite the lengthy running time, but may not be the best film to watch if you're having one of those weeks where you're convinced the world is not a friendly place. This is going to stay with me for a long time, I think.
One tiny, tiny complaint: all the Chinese characters are played by Japanese actors, all of whom are terrible at Mandarin. So a ton of the Serious Speechmaking ends up sounding ludicrous.
after watching this film for what felt like days, i can't imagine not watching this film; almost putting the first disc back in and starting all over again. a masterpiece and an epic in the truest of terms, there is nary an equal to it's scope or magnitude. i wish i could explain my thoughts better but i am still just awed by it's power. hopefully when i sober up from my experience i could write something better.
Just ordered the Criterion box for this today, along with Rosselini's War Trilogy, Letters from Fontainhas, 3 by Hiroshi Teshigahara, and Eclipse Series: Larisa Shepitko. So excited, they can't arrive soon enough. Expensive impulse but hopefully well worth it!
According to the late David Shipman, a critic I greatly respect, this is the pinnacle of achievement in movie making. I wouldn't go that far but Kobayashi's mammoth 9 hour plus anti-war epic, originally released in 3 parts, is a tour-de-force on every level. After this, Nakadai was a Japanese superstar to rival Mifune...
Where to begin? One, it doesn't waste a minute of the 9 1/2 hour running time. Two, it's fucking depressing. Three, it floored me. The Human Condition remains one of the most passionate films ever made. It's raw an powerful, taking a firm stance against authoritarianism wherever it may rear it's ugly head. It's an epic on the grandest scope and an intimate human drama. A film that demands to be seen by everyone.
This is what I learned: idealism is worse than fascism or socialism because it traps you like a whore and gets you to do things against your better judgment. I intended to watch this over the course of a few days; once it was on, I realized I had to watch it all in one sitting. So far, the most truthful and painfully honest film I've seen.
Una buena muestra de la extraordinaria resistencia de la nalga japonesa (verla de un jalòn toma el mismo tiempo que ver la temporada completa de alguna serie televisiva) y, por supuesto, del gran talento del director Masaki Kobayashi, lo constituye este convincente alegato anti-belico, el cual deja ver la solvencia narrativa caracteristica del director. Para sentarse a verla sin temor de perder la raya.