This film reduced me to a pile of tears. Ichikawa's direction is so sublime, lyrical, and poetic. He manages to find, in the aftermath of the horror of war, a glimmer of transcendence. The cinematography is rich, and the music is just as amazing. I have never seen any war film quite like this one, if it can even be called a war film. An achievement on every level.
"The soil of Burma is red, and so are its rocks ..." The film portrays a group of Japanese soldiers in their quest to find their lost fellow soldier Mizushima. The film revolves around an amazing story of hope and acceptance. The music is fantastic and the photo gives me the chills. I warmly recommend this film to all.
I'm speechless and crying. Truly a masterpiece. It's about reconciling the war-torn past, honoring the dead, and confronting the profound and endless sorrow of the world. How do we go on amid the ruins left by war? How do we live a good life when our previous life has been destroyed? These are but a few questions I'm left with after watching this magnificent, must-see film.
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 .
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.
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.