• The Burmese Harp (1956)

The Burmese Harp

Release Date: January 21st, 1956

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 56 min

Plot Summary

When a Japanese platoon surrenders to British forces in Burma in 1943, the platoon's harp player, Mizushima (Shôji Yasui), is selected from the prisoners of war to deliver a request for surrender to a Japanese regiment holed up on a mountain. Mizushima fails to convince the soldiers to accept defeat, and a last stand commences. Traumatized by the bloodshed of his fellow countrymen, Mizushima disguises himself as a Buddhist monk and begins a journey toward peace of mind amid the chaos.

Cast: Shôji Yasui, Rentarô Mikuni, Tatsuya Mihashi, Tanie Kitabayashi, Yunosuke Ito

Director: Kon Ichikawa

Genres: War

Production Co: Nikkatsu Corporation

Distributors: Criterion Collection, Brandon Films Inc.

Keywords: Quest , Gripping , Transformation , 1940s , Fall

Awards

Nominated Foreign Language Film