The Thick-Walled Room The Thick-Walled Room
  • Japan
  • 1956
  • 110 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
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Even early on in his directing career, Masaki Kobayashi didn’t shy away from controversy. Among the first Japanese films to deal directly with the scars of World War II, this drama about a group of rank-and-file Japanese soldiers jailed for crimes against humanity was adapted from the diaries of real prisoners. Because of its potentially inflammatory content, the film was shelved by the studio for three years before being released.

Cast

YokotaKo Mishima
YamashitaTorahiko Hamada
YoshikoKeiko Kishi
Yamashita’s sisterToshiko Kobayashi
KawanishiKinzo Shin
KimuraTsutomu Shimomoto

Credits

DirectorMasaki Kobayashi
Produced byTakeshi Ogura
Based on the writings ofB-and C-class war criminals
ScreenplayKôbô Abe
CinematographyHiroshi Kusuda
Production designKimihiko Nakamura
MusicChuji Kinoshita

Film Essays

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Eclipse Series 38: Kobayashi Against the System

By Michael Koresky April 17, 2013

Four of the great Japanese director’s lesser-known, early films show the coming into being of a political artist. Read more »

Film Essays

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Eclipse Series 38: Kobayashi Against the System

By Michael Koresky April 17, 2013

Four of the great Japanese director’s lesser-known, early films show the coming into being of a political artist. Read more »

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