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6 - 28 October 2018: Masaki Kobayashi: The Human Condition


Tickets: £10 / £8 Conc. / £6 Close-Up members
Box Office: 02037847970

50% discount on your third ticket when booking all three parts. Box office only.

Masaki Kobayashi’s mammoth humanist drama is one of the most staggering achievements of Japanese cinema. Originally filmed and released in three parts, the nine-and-a-half-hour The Human Condition, adapted from Junpei Gomikawa’s six-volume novel, tells of the journey of the well-intentioned yet naive Kaji (handsome Japanese superstar Tatsuya Nakadai) from labor camp supervisor to Imperial Army soldier to Soviet POW. Constantly trying to rise above a corrupt system, Kaji time and again finds his morals an impediment rather than an advantage. A raw indictment of its nation’s wartime mentality as well as a personal existential tragedy, Kobayashi’s riveting, gorgeously filmed epic is novelistic cinema at its best.

The Human Condition I: No Greater Love, Masaki Kobayashi, 1959, 208 min, B/W, Digital
The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity, Masaki Kobayashi, 1959, 181 min, B/W, Digital
The Human Condition III: A Soldier’s Prayer, Masaki Kobayashi, 1961, 190 min, B/W, Digital






The Human Condition III: A Soldier’s Prayer Sunday 28.10.18 6:00 pm Book