One of Kon Ichikawa's greatest films (ranking with his fine WW II drama FIRES ON THE PLAIN), this lyrical antiwar film is the picture that brought the brilliant Japanese director international renown. Private Mizushima (Shoji Yasui) is assigned to convince a Burmese unit of Japanese
soldiers to surrender during the final days of WW II. When he is unsuccessful, the unit is attacked and wiped out with the exception of Mizushima, who is injured but nursed back to health by a Buddhist monk. Wearing a monk's robe, Mizushima then proceeds to bury the dead, honoring their dignity as
he is transformed from a soldier into a holy man. The film was not released in the US unti...