The Burmese Harp
- Original title
Biruma no tategoto (The Burmese Harp)
- Running time
- 116 min.
Natto Wada (Novel: Michio Takeyama)
Minoru Yokoyama (B&W)
War. Drama | II World War
- Synopsis / Plot
- July, 1945: Japan's army is on the run. A platoon in Burma sings to keep its spirit up. Inspiration comes from their self-taught lute player, Mizushima. At war's end, while they await repatriation at Mudon prison camp, Mizushima is sent to convince a Japanese company dug into a mountain that it must surrender. He fails, the British attack, many die, and his companions fear he's been killed. However, he has survived and disguised himself as a Buddhist priest. En route to Mudon to join his comrades, the frequent sight of dead Japanese soldiers overwhelms him. He vows to live a life of prayer, burying bones and bodies; his friends want him to return with them to Japan.
: Nominated for Oscar: Best Foreign Language Picture
: Venice: San Giorgio Prize & OCIC Award - Honorable Mention
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