This wonderful film is an adaptation of a Japanese novel by Michio Takeyema. The performances, camerawork and the music (of Akira Ifukube) are as delightful as the tale of the novel. Anti-war plus humanism plus a inward look at the Japanese psyche and nationalism from a Japanese perspective. It provides a lovely peek at Myanmar. Ifukube is a respected Japanese composer. The Ichikawa-Ifukube combination is a winner.
Beautiful anti-war film, in which the war itself seems to set the backdrop for a look at human suffering in general. There is a strong element of Buddhist philosophy which runs throughout the film, which is not surprising of course. The plot is deceptively simple, but it remains interesting throughout.
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 .
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.