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Burmese Harp [Criterion Collection]

Format: DVD     Release Date: 03/13/2007
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Set against the final days of World War II, The Burmese Harp portrays the experiences of a group of exhausted, war-scarred Japanese soldiers as they prepare to return to Japan. The film focuses on Shoji Yasui, a soldier known to his comrades for his harp playing, who fails to convince a resistant company to surrender and is presumed dead when a battle destroys their hillside encampment. To rejoin his fellow soldiers, Shoji steals the robes of a Buddhist monk and begins to make his way across the countryside. But along the way, he becomes fixated on the hundreds of abandoned, unburied war casualties and begins to assume the duties of his costume and tend to the bodies. Meanwhile, Shoji's friends mount a search for him, eventually noticing the monk to whom he bears an uncanny resemblance. Director Kon Ichikawa's film was adapted by frequent collaborator (and wife) Nato Wada from a book by Michio Takeyama designed to introduce children to the fundamental principles of Buddhism. ~ Keith Phipps, Rovi

Disc #1 -- the Burmese Harp - The Criterion Collection

1. Battalion Song [6:50]
2. "All Clear" [3:55]
3. Unexpected Reception [4:52]
4. "Home, Sweet Home" [6:01]
5. Mizushima's Mission [4:46]
6. Thirty Minutes [9:45]
7. MIA [3:45]
8. The Priest [7:11]
9. "Burma Is the Buddha's Country" [6:23]
10. Burning the Dead [4:26]
11. Poor Souls [3:47]
12. "I Know Now..." [6:43]
13. Burmese Ruby [1:47]
14. "That's How Mizushima Played It" [2:25]
15. The Parrot Speaks [4:48]
16. White Box [5:12]
17. Inside the Buddha [3:54]
18. Old Woman Honors a Request [5:02]
19. Song of Farewell [5:05]
20. The Other Parrot [6:13]
21. Returning Home [2:30]
22. "My Captain and Brothers at Arms" [2:25]
23. A Penitent Wanderer Always [6:01]
25. Chapter 25 [:00]
  • Format: DVD
  • Release Date: March 13, 2007
  • MPAA Rating:
  • Region: 1
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Length: 116 minutes
  • Sound: dd1
  • Format: Black & White
  • Discs: 1
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitle: English
  • UPC: 715515022729
  • Product ID: 2666290
  • Genre: War

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