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The Burmese Harp

Kon Ichikawa

 
The Burmese Harp (Criterion DVD)

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  • Japan
  • 1956
  • 116 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #379

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.

Cast

Captain Inouye Rentaro Mikuni
Private Mizushima Shoji Yasui
Nippon woman Taniye Kitabayashi
Defense commander Tatsuya Mihashi
Village headYunosuke Ito

Credits

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • New video interviews with director Kon Ichikawa and actor Rentaro Mikuni
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A new essay by renowned critic and historian Tony Rayns

    New cover by Michael Boland

Film Essays

The Burmese Harp: Unknown Soldiers

By Tony Rayns March 16, 2007

The Burmese Harp was the forty-one-year-old Ichikawa Kon’s twenty-seventh feature, and the first real landmark in his career. He had entered the film industry as an animator (his first film was . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Burmese Harp

By Audie Bock January 27, 1993

In beautifully composed black-and-white, lilting easily from sweeping landscape to emotional close-up, and tempered by a gentle and nostalgic choral score, director Kon Ichikawa's The Burmese . . . Read more »

Film Essays

The Burmese Harp: Unknown Soldiers

By Tony Rayns March 16, 2007

The Burmese Harp was the forty-one-year-old Ichikawa Kon’s twenty-seventh feature, and the first real landmark in his career. He had entered the film industry as an animator (his first film was . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Burmese Harp

By Audie Bock January 27, 1993

In beautifully composed black-and-white, lilting easily from sweeping landscape to emotional close-up, and tempered by a gentle and nostalgic choral score, director Kon Ichikawa's The Burmese . . . Read more »