April 24, 2009 - 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

THE BURMESE HARP – Directed by Kon Ichikawa  1956. An Imperial Japanese Army regiment surrenders to British forces in Burma at the close of World War II and finds harmony through song. A private, thought to be dead, disguises himself as a Buddhist monk and stumbles upon spiritual enlightenment. Magnificently shot in hushed black and white, Kon Ichikawa’s The Burmese Harp is an eloquent meditation on beauty coexisting with death and remains one of Japanese cinema’s most overwhelming antiwar statements, both tender and brutal in its grappling with Japan’s wartime legacy.

“Stirring humanism … A powerful and affecting anti-war movie.” – Channel 4 Film

“Most gentle of war dramas… an interesting companion piece to Letters from Iwo Jima; may have even served as inspiration for Eastwood’s 2006 film.” – Old School Reviews

“Fascinating…moving.. illustrates the meaninglessness of war with heartrending precision.” –

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