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The Burmese Harp

"Much like the soldier Mizushima dressed in the robes of a Buddhist monk, Kon Ichikawa's war film tries on borrowed spiritualist attire and finds that it is an unexpectedly perfect fit."
— Little White Lies

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.

Starring: Shôji Yasui, Rentarô Mikuni, Tatsuya Mihashi

Director: Kon Ichikawa

Runtime: 116 minutes

Genre: Drama, Subtitled

Year: 1956

Country: Japan

Language: In Japanese with English subtitles