The Burmese Harp (Harp Of Burma) (Biruma No Tategoto)


(out of 5)

Japanese soldiers fighting in World War II meet a tragic defeat on a mountain fortress in this beautifully lyrical drama by Kon Ichikawa. After the war ends, a spiritually hungry young man joins an order of Buddhist monks and treks back to the place where the unfortunate incident took place. Dreamy photography is accentuated by beautiful music and excellent characterizations, a rich film about finding humanity in the worst of circumstances that has many moments of brutal hardship as it does exquisite harmony.

Japan, 1956

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel by 

Cinematography by 

Film Festivals:  Venice 1956

Produced by Masayuki Takagi

Music by Akira Ifukube

Production Design by Akira Nakai

Film Editing by Masanori Tsujii

Academy Awards 1956


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