Artikelnummer 5330

THE HUMAN CONDITION II: ROAD TO ETERNITY (1959) * with switchable English subtitles *

Masaki Kobayashi Writers: Zenzô Matsuyama (screenplay), Masaki Kobayashi (screenplay) | 1 more credit » Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Kokinji Katsura

In Road to Eternity, Kaji, having lost his exemption from military service by protecting Chinese prisoners from unjust punishment, has now been conscripted into the Kwantung Army. Under suspicion of leftist sympathies, Kaji is assigned the toughest duties in his unit despite his excellent marksmanship and strong barracks discipline. His wife Michiko pleads for understanding in a letter to his commanding officer and later pays Kaji a highly unorthodox visit at his base to express her love and solidarity. Kaji considers fleeing across the front with his friend Shinjo, who is similarly under suspicion, due to his brother's arrest for communist activities. Distrusting the idea that desertion will lead to freedom, and faithful to his wife, Kaji ultimately commits to continued military service despite his hardships. When Obara, a poor-sighted, weak soldier in Kaji's unit, kills himself after troubles from home are compounded by ceaseless punishment and humiliation from other soldiers, Kaji demands disciplinary action from his superiors for PFC Yoshida, the ring leader of the troops who pushed Obara over the brink. While Yoshida is not disciplined, Kaji helps to seal his fate by refusing to rescue the vicious soldier when both men are trapped in quicksand while in pursuit of Shinjo, who finally seizes the opportunity to desert. 

DVD-R is in Japanese with switchable English subtitles.  Approx. 178 mins. See film sample for audio and video quality!

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