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Human Condition, Part 3: A Soldier's Prayer Details

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() was the final entry in Japanese filmmaker Masaki Kobayashi's Human Condition trilogy. As in 1958's (see entry 23818) and 1961's The Road to Eternity (see entry 23819), the protagonist is the pacifistic Kaji, played by Tatsuya Nakadai. Strong-armed into the Japanese military during World War II, Kaji has reluctantly learned to kill on the battlefields. Upon his country's surrender, Kaji gives himself up to the Russian troops, hoping to receive better treatment than he had at the hands of his Japanese superiors. But his hopes are dashed once more, and he is subject to cruelty upon cruelty while imprisoned in a Manchurian POW camp. A Soldier's Prayer, like its predecessors, was based on the epic multipart novel by Jumpei Gomigawa. In sum total, the three Human Condition films run for nearly ten hours. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Tatsuya Nakadai
as Kaji
Michiyo Aratama
as Michiko
Taketoshi Naito
as Private First Class Tange
Kyoko Kishida
as Ryuko
Fujio Suga
as Capt. Nagata
Nobuo Kaneko
as Corporal Kirikara
Tamao Nakamura
as Female Refugee
Hideko Takamine
as Woman in Settler's Village
Chishu Ryu
as Village Elder

Crew

Masaki Kobayashi
Director
Masaki Kobayashi
Producer
Shigeru Wakatsuki
Producer
Zenzo Matsuyama
Screenwriter
Koichi Inagaki
Screenwriter
Masaki Kobayashi
Screenwriter
Jumpei Gomikawa
Book Author
Yoshio Miyajima
Cinematographer
Chuji Kinoshita
Composer (Music Score)
Keiichi Uraoka
Editor
Kazue Hirataka
Art Director
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