A masterpiece ,stunning frames ! He did not succeed convincing his friends for surrender inside 30 minutes.But end of the movie soldiers were talking about their future in the ship.They were talking about what they ve missed mostly . They have already forgot Mizushima's anti war ideology...I think this scenes are reality ,because society doesnt care right person who is questioning life .There is no place for them .
Un gran filme sobre la memoria y la amistad. Por un lado es el soldado que se convirtió en monje a fin de perdurar una honra hacia los suyos, por otro lado son los camaradas que hacen lo mismo solo que desde un concepto menos espiritual. "El arpa birmana" es una reflexión sobre lo que representa la historia y sus actores, ambos reclamando al recuerdo. 2 grandes escenas: el cántico de 2 bandos y el arpa despidiéndose.
The quality fluctuations in his career excluded Ichikawa from the ruling triad of Japanese cinema (Mizoguchi, Ozu, Kurosawa). But in "The Burmese Harp" he managed to build a history of rare delicacy, especially when it comes to wartime. The surrounding cruelty makes isolation a preferable choice.This film proves that serenity in style is a virtue.
I've waited a long time to see this movie, having heard of it about 20 years ago. It is a every bit as beautiful and moving as I'd been led to believe. Indeed, I would go so far as to say it is one of the most intelligent films I've ever seen. I shall now procure a copy on disc.
I can't believe that this movie's been released just eleven years after WW2. Kon Ichikawa gives us a reflected consideration about iniquity of the War far away from Europe and you can also find the human side of war (if something like that exists) in it.