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Aro Favourite Human Condition, The


aka: No Greater Love, Road to Eternity, A Soldier's Prayer
Japan 1959-1961, 574 minutes
Dir. Masaki Kobayashi
Rating: [R13] Violence, sexual references and content that may disturb
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Classics, Drama / War

Topics: Period 1940s.


“Kobayashi's monumental film can clarify and enrich your understanding of what it is to be alive.”~A.O. Scott, New York Times

Aroview: An epic Japanese film trilogy following the life of a well-intentioned yet naïve pacifist and socialist as he tries to survive in the totalitarian and oppressive world of World War II-era Japan.

The three parts; "No Greater Love", "Road to Eternity" and "A Soldier's Prayer" depict his transitioning from labour camp supervisor to Imperial Army soldier and eventual Soviet prisoner-of-war. Based on the six-volume novel published from 1956 to 1958 by Junpei Gomikawa.

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DVD Features

Bonus Disc includes:
Excerpt from a rare Interview with Director Masaki Kobayashi.
Interviews with Actors Masahiro Shinoda and Tatsuya Nakadai
Video appreciation of Kobayashi and "The Human Condition"

  • trailers

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Human Condition, The cover
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Part I: No Greater Love
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Part II: Road to Eternity
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Part III: A Soldiers Prayer Plus Bonus Disc
$4 Rent

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