Harp of Burma, The* (Biruma No Tategoto)

  • 1956 ----- b & w ----- 116 min ----- vhs///
  • (Directed by Kon Ichikawa; with Shoji Yasui, Rentaro Mikuni) A haunting epic that depicts the horrors of war while affirming the dignity of humanity. It is the account of a young Japanese soldier's spiritual conversion. After the war has ended he remains in Burma and, dressed as a buddhist monk, dedicates his life to honoring the unknown dead by burying them. (In Japanese with English subtitles) (Restricted to classroom use only)
  • Topics: (Asian Languages and Literature, Motion Pictures: Features, War and Peace)