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Set against the final days of World War II, The Burmese Harp portrays the experiences of a group of exhausted, war-scarred Japanese soldiers as they prepare to return to Japan. The film focuses on Shoji Yasui, a soldier known to his comrades for his harp playing, who fails to convince a resistant company to surrender and is presumed dead when a battle destroys their hillside encampment. To rejoin his fellow soldiers, Shoji steals the robes of a Buddhist monk and begins to make his way across the countryside. But along the way, he becomes fixated on the hundreds of abandoned, unburied war casualties and begins to assume the duties of his costume and tend to the bodies. Meanwhile, Shoji's friends mount a search for him, eventually noticing the monk to whom he bears an uncanny resemblance. Director Kon Ichikawa's film was adapted by frequent collaborator (and wife) Nato Wada from a book by Michio Takeyama designed to introduce children to the fundamental principles of Buddhism. ~ Keith Phipps, Rovi

  • Release date:January 21, 1956

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Kon Ichikawa Best Foreign Language Film 1956 Nominee

Cast

Shoji Yasui
as Private Yasuhiko
Rentaro Mikuni
as Capt. Inouye
Tatsuya Mihashi
as Defense Commander
Tanie Kitabayashi
as Old Woman
Yunosuke Ito
as Village head
Jun Hamamura
as Ito
Akira Nishimura
as Baba

Crew

Kon Ichikawa
Director
Masayuki Takagi
Producer
Natto Wada
Screenwriter
Michio Takeyama
Book Author
Minoru Yokoyama
Cinematographer
Akira Ifukube
Composer (Music Score)
Masanori Tsujii
Editor
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