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Biruma no tategoto [videorecording] = The Burmese harp /
Nikkatsu Corporation ; director, Kon Ichikawa ; story, Michio Takeyama ; screenplay, Natto Wada ; produced by Masayuki Takagi.
[United States] : Criterion Collection : Janis Films, c2007.
1 videodisc (116 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
1934121290, 9781934121290
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[United States] : Criterion Collection : Janis Films, c2007.
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Not licensed for classroom use
credits note
Sound, Masakazu Kamiya ; editor, Masanori Tsujuii ; music, Akira Ifukube.
general note
Full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby Digital mono.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1956.
Special features: interview the director Kon Ichikawa ; interview with actor Rentaro Mikuni ; original theatrical trailer ; essay by critic and historian Tony Rayns.
Rentaro Mikuni, Shoji Yasui.
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.
language note
In Japanese and Burmese with optional English subtitles.
catalogue key
target audience
Not rated.
technical details
DVD, region 1 ; NTSC.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2007-05-15:
A Japanese regiment lays down its arms in Burma at the end of World War II, but a harp-playing private who's been traumatized by combat becomes a Buddhist monk and stays behind to bury the dead. With its mellifluous score, Kon Ichikawa's antiwar film poignantly shows the salutary effect of music on defeated soldiers. The director revisits the war with the jointly released Fires on the Plain (ISBN 1-934121-28-2. $29.95) about one soldier's plunge into degradation after being refused medical aid. Both titles are recommended for most collections. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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Library Journal, May 2007
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