With The Burmese Harp, Kon Ichikawa made one of his best films at Nikkatsu and one of his best-known internationally: a stirring, beautifully shot antiwar story about a Japanese soldier after British victory in Burma. Separated from his comrades in the chaotic aftermath, harp-playing Corporal Mizushima (Shoji Yasui) finds himself in a frightening new world. As Mizushima finds his bearings in the ravaged landscape, Ichikawa’s film becomes a subtle spiritual journey inflected by Buddhism. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Picture.

  • Kon Ichikawa
  • 1956
  • Japan
  • Japanese with English subtitles
  • 35mm
  • 115 minutes