Review: ‘Biruma No Tategoto’

Offbeater concerns the last days of the war in Burma and is about a Japanese private who decides to stay on to bury all the Japanese dead strewn over the land. He is wounded and saved by a holy man whose robes he steals to get back to his troop. However, he runs on a whole battalion of his dead, with vultures settling, and makes his vow to stay on. Film concerns how his captive mates learn of his resolve and try to talk him into going back with them.

Offbeater concerns the last days of the war in Burma and is about a Japanese private who decides to stay on to bury all the Japanese dead strewn over the land. He is wounded and saved by a holy man whose robes he steals to get back to his troop. However, he runs on a whole battalion of his dead, with vultures settling, and makes his vow to stay on. Film concerns how his captive mates learn of his resolve and try to talk him into going back with them.

Film has a good narrative style, but has over-simplified storytelling and intermittently taking action. It is too downbeat.

Technical credits and acting are good and direction is restrained but lacks the power to make this an unusual plea.

Biruma No Tategoto

Japan

Production

Nikkatsu. Director Kon Ichikawa; Producer Masayuki Takagi; Screenplay Natto Wada, Michio Takeyama; Camera Minoru Yokoyama; Editor Masanori Tsujii; Music Akira Ifukube; Art Director Takashi Matsuyama

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1956. Running time: 116 MIN.

With

Rentaro Mikuni Shoji Yasui Tatsuya Mihashi Taniye Kitabayashi Yunosuke Ito
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