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.
Beautiful and heartwrenching.
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!
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This movie ranks #12 in Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film Nominees
This movie ranks #54 in Top 100 Spiritually Significant Films
This movie ranks #78 in François Truffaut's The Films of My Life
This movie ranks #111 in Doubling the Canon
This movie ranks #137 in Harvard University's Suggested Film Viewing List: Narrative Films (2012)
This movie ranks #147 in Masters Of Cinema
This movie ranks #299 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 #402 in The Criterion Collection
This movie ranks #419 in 501 Must See Movies