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620 Ratings

The Human Condition

Ningen no joken

Directed by Masaki Kobayashi
Japan, 1961
Drama, War


Masaki Kobayashi’s mammoth humanist drama is one of the most staggering achievements of Japanese cinema. A raw indictment of its nation’s wartime mentality as well as a personal existential tragedy, Kobayashi’s riveting, gorgeously filmed epic is novelistic cinema at its best.

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The Human Condition Directed by Masaki Kobayashi

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1960 | 2 wins including: Pasinetti Award

Kinema Junpo Awards

1960 | Winner: Best Actress

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