Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Burmese Harp

The Burmese Harp is a 1956 Japanese film directed by Kon Ichikawa.


It is on the Vatican's list of best films. Slant Magazine says, "It may be one of the most warmly enveloping films ever made to include scenes of decayed bodies being burned." Senses of Cinema notes
Ichikawa's war films make only a token acknowledgement of wartime atrocities committed by the Japanese, and largely buy into assumptions of Japanese victimhood in World War II – assumptions which to this day remain too widespread in the country.

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