Biruma no tategoto (1956)
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- The Burmese Harp
- 116 min.
Drama, War, Music
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As I climbed mountains and crossed rivers, burying the bodies left in the grasses and streams, my heart was wracked with questions. Why must the world suffer such misery? Why must there be such inexplicable pain? As the days passed, I came to understand. I realized that, in the end, the answers were not for human beings to know, that our work is simply to ease the great suffering of the world. To have the courage to face suffering, senselessness and irrationality without fear, to find the strength to create peace by one's own example.
That ending... Incrédible.
WOW! This film is just unbelievably beautiful. It is David Lean-ian in scope, and with the warmth and beauty of Ozu. It is a long time since I was as moved by a film as this one. It is hard to categorise this film. It might be regarded as a war film but it is so much more than this. It is more of a music film than war film really, where music unmasks the unity of all people and the beauty of humanity. I feel transformed after watching this masterpiece. I saw it with my wife and she was so moved that she went into our room to have a moment on her own with the memories of the film. Here is a film that goes straight to my top 20 list. So again, WOW!
An excellent movie about comaraderie, commitment, and devotion. A very good watch for this period of history. Very healing.
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This movie ranks #12 in Academy Award - Best International Feature Film Nominees
This movie ranks #15 in IMDb's Music Top 50
This movie ranks #56 in Arts & Faith's Top 100 Films
This movie ranks #78 in François Truffaut's The Films in My Life
This movie ranks #137 in Harvard's Suggested Film Viewing: Narrative Films
This movie ranks #147 in Eureka!'s The Masters of Cinema Series
This movie ranks #296 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #371 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #404 in The Criterion Collection
This movie ranks #419 in Emma Beare's 501 Must-See Movies
This movie ranks #565 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000