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Title Ningen no jōken [videorecording] / Shōchiku Eiga ; seisaku, Wakatsuki Shigeru ; gensaku, Gomikawa Junpei ; kyakushoku, Matsuyama Zenzō, Kobayashi Masaki ; kantoku, Kobayashi Masaki.
Published [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, 2009.
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 Music & Media - Circulating Videos  PN1997 .H86 2009    IN LIBRARY
Description 4 videodiscs (574 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet ([12] p. : 19 cm.)
Series The Criterion collection ; 480
Criterion collection ; 480.
Credits Producer, Tatsuo Hosoya (2nd film); cinematography, Yoshio Miyajima ; art, Kazue Hirataka; music, Chuji Kinoshita ; editing, Keiichi Uraoka.
Note DVD release of the motion picture, originally released from 1959-1961 as three films.
Based on the novel by Junpei Gomikawa.
Theatrical release in the US by Janus Films.
Booklet contains essay "The prisoner" by Philip Kemp.
Special features (all on disc 4): excerpt from a rare Directors Guild of Japan video interview by Masahiro Shinoda of director Masaki Kobayashi (1993); new video interview with actor Tatsuya Nakadai (2009); video appreciation of Kobayashi featuring Masashiro Shinoda (2009); three Japanese theatrical trailers.
Contents Disc 1: Parts 1 and 2 -- Disc 2: Parts 3 and 4 -- Disc 3: Parts 5 and 6 -- Disc 4: The supplements.
System Reqs DVD ; NTSC; region 1; widescreen (2.35:1) presentation ; Dolby digital mono. and surround.
Cast Nakadai Tatsuya, Aratama Michiyo, Sada Keiji, Nakamura Tamao, Kawazu Yūsuke, Ryu Chishū, Naitō Taketoshi, Takamine Hideko.
Summary Tells of the journey of the well-intentioned yet naive Kaji from labor camp supervisor to Imperial Army soldier to Soviet POW. Constantly trying to rise above a corrupt system, Kaji time and again finds his morals an impediment rather than an advantage.
Audience MPAA rating: not rated.
Language In Japanese, with optional subtitles in English.
Subject World War, 1939-1945 -- China -- Drama.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Japan -- Drama.
Prisoners of war -- Drama.
Genre Epic films.
War films.
Feature films.
Fiction films.
Film adaptations.
Motion pictures, Japanese.
Related Names Wakatsuki, Shigeru, 1914- Producer.
Kobayashi, Masaki, 1916-1996. Screenwriter. Director.
Matsuyama, Zenzō. Screenwriter.
Nakadai, Tatsuya, 1932- Actor.
Aratama, Michiyo. Actor.
Sada, Keiji, 1926-1964. Actor.
Nakamura, Tamao. Actor.
Kawazu, Yūsuke. Actor.
Ryū, Chishū, 1904-1993. Actor.
Naitō, Taketoshi. Actor.
Takamine, Hideko, 1924-2010. Actor.
Miyajima, Yoshio, 1909-1998. Cinematographer.
Kinoshita, Chūji, 1916- Composer.
Kemp, Philip. Writer of accompanying material.
Shinoda, Masahiro, 1931- Interviewer.
Gomikawa, Junpei, 1916-1995. Ningen no jōken.
Shōchiku Kabushiki Kaisha.
Janus Films.
Criterion Collection (Firm)
Note Title on disc label: Human condition
ISBN 9781604651614
Standard # 715515046619
00715515046619 gtin-14
Publisher # CC1819D The Criterion Collection
OCLC number 320780072