The Burmese Harp [1956] [Criterion] (DVD)

Rentaro Mikuni

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Black & White.        In Japanese and Burmese with optional English subtitles.

 

An Imperial Japanese Army regiment surrenders to British forces in Burma at the close World War II and finds harmony through song. A corporal, thought to be dead, disguises himself as a Buddhist monk and stumbles upon spiritual enlightenment. Magnificently shot in hushed black and white, Kon Ichikawa's The Burmese Harp is an eloquent meditation on beauty coexisting with death and remains one of Japanese cinema's most overwhelming antiwar statements, both tender and brutal in its grappling with Japan's wartime legacy.

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Product Details

  • Starring: Jun Hamamura, Taketoshi Naito, Shoji Yasui, Ko Nishimura
  • Format: DVD, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 379

Special Features

  • New video interviews with director Kon Ichikawa and actor Rentaro Mikuni
  • A new essay by renowned critic and historian Tony Rayns
  • Original theatrical trailer

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