The Burmese Harp

Another classic by Kon Ichikawa, but it my oppinion not as great as Fires on the Plain, still an excellent “art house” movie. Also available on DVD from Criterion.

An Imperial Japanese Army regiment surrenders to British forces in Burma at the close of World War II and finds harmony through song. A private, 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.

~ by m1pencil on March 10, 2010.

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