The Human Condition

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Overview

Originally titled Ningen No Joken, No Greater Love is the first of Japanese filmmaker Masaki Kobayashi's Human Condition trilogy. Drawing from his own experiences, Kobayashi weaves the tale of a Japanese pacifist, trying to get by as best he can during World War II. Tatsuya Nakadai plays the leading role of a mine supervisor, whose kindly treatment of POW laborers incurs the wrath of his superiors. As the war in the Pacific rages on, Japan begins suffering heavy losses and military humiliations, yet still Nakadai...
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Overview

Originally titled Ningen No Joken, No Greater Love is the first of Japanese filmmaker Masaki Kobayashi's Human Condition trilogy. Drawing from his own experiences, Kobayashi weaves the tale of a Japanese pacifist, trying to get by as best he can during World War II. Tatsuya Nakadai plays the leading role of a mine supervisor, whose kindly treatment of POW laborers incurs the wrath of his superiors. As the war in the Pacific rages on, Japan begins suffering heavy losses and military humiliations, yet still Nakadai adheres to his principles. Ultimately overwhelmed by events, Nakadai is horribly mistreated by the powers-that-be, then ordered to don a uniform and fight for his country. Originally released at 200 minutes, No Greater Love was followed in 1961 by the first of two sequels, Road to Eternity.
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Special Features

Excerpt from a Rare Directors Guild of Japan Video Interview with Director Masaki Kobayashi, Conducted by Filmmaker Masahiro Shinoda; ; New Video Interview with Actor Tatsuya Nakadai; Video Appreciation of Kobayashi and The Human Condition featuring Shinoda; ; Japanese Theatrical Trailers; ; Plus: An Essay by Critic Philip Kemp
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/1/2009
  • UPC: 715515046619
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  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Subtitled / B&W
  • Time: 9:34:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 31,640

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Masaki Kobayashi Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Human Condition
1. Part 1/Titles [2:36]
2. South Manchuria, 1943 [2:52]
3. Head Office [8:56]
4. Reporting for duty [7:38]
5. Conflicts begin [6:41]
6. Special laborers [12:20]
7. No escape [1:05]
8. Higher goals [1:56]
9. Needs of prisoners [5:21]
10. Heavy costs [6:12]
11. All accomplices [6:48]
12. Different plans [3:03]
13. Manipulated [7:59]
14. Chen's dilemma [7:16]
15. Impossible rules [6:43]
16. Eleven men [6:19]
17. Trust [5:00]
18. Signs of success [2:41]
19. Threats [3:16]
20. Intermission [3:04]
21. Part 2/Titles [2:10]
22. A big loss [7:33]
23. Increased force [5:55]
24. True love [8:17]
25. Last chance [8:24]
26. Power [9:02]
27. Tragic results [4:20]
28. A lesson [10:09]
29. A crucial decision [9:38]
30. Standing up [11:24]
31. No confession [7:19]
32. Visitors [7:01]
33. Emergency summons [2:36]
34. Persecuted [4:40]
Disc #2 -- The Human Condition
1. Part 3/ Titles [2:48]
2. Speaking Up [5:24]
3. Disgrace [4:19]
4. Under Surveillance [7:32]
5. A distant possibility [8:47]
6. One night [16:47]
7. No farewells [4:24]
8. Obara's will [2:19]
9. Exhaustion [5:48]
10. Humiliation [6:04]
11. Kaji's demand [5:13]
12. True fault [6:15]
13. The border [3:57]
14. Face-ups [5:27]
15. The swamp [6:28]
16. True comrades [:17]
17. Part 4/Familiar face [10:45]
18. Training the recruits [9:27]
19. Requests [6:40]
20. Doubts [3:02]
21. Insubordination [3:14]
22. Sent Away [8:35]
23. News from the front [7:05]
24. Casualties mount [3:43]
25. Fortification [4:56]
26. Heartfelt words [6:17]
27. Closing in [2:43]
28. Lucky few [12:12]
Disc #3 -- The Human Condition
1. Part 5/Titles [2:36]
2. Bloody [5:27]
3. Justifiable actions [7:53]
4. More mouths [8:25]
5. Burdens of compassion [4:55]
6. Breaking point [5:53]
7. Getting out [7:10]
8. Recognized [3:13]
9. The big question [4:00]
10. Militia [5:52]
11. Unforgiving elements [2:05]
12. Appetites [5:49]
13. Change of heart [5:08]
14. Surrounded [5:37]
15. No differences [6:18]
16. Siblings [9:59]
17. Part 6/Entrenched [3:48]
18. No deal [4:30]
19. Parting ways [2:12]
20. Close call [2:55]
21. Fair trade [7:24]
22. A shared fate [5:59]
23. Crucial decisions [11:50]
24. "Halt!" [5:11]
25. Work detail [3:27]
26. Salvaging for survival [1:36]
27. Unwanted reunion [4:56]
28. Accusations and threats [5:00]
29. Sabotage [13:00]
30. A promise [2:03]
31. The Soviet way [3:24]
32. Too late [4:18]
33. Promise fulfilled [4:45]
34. Returning [13:28]
1. Color bars [:00]
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