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History Movie analysis - Movie Analysis: The Burmese Harp

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Movie Analysis: The Burmese Harp The Burmese Harp ’s simple, almost fable-like narrative follows a division of exhausted Japanese soldiers  stationed in Burma, who struggle to keep their spirits and humanity alive by singing — not just simple  choruses but complex harmonies. The universality of the soldiers’ melancholy circumstances and simple  longing is emphasized by the one tune to which they return again and again,  Hanyu no Yadu  or “There’s  No Place Like Home.” Contrasted with this simple nostalgia is the harder wisdom of the proverb “You can’t go home again,” a  lesson learned by one of the soldiers, a talented harpist named Mizushima (Shôji Yasui) who undergoes a  spiritual transformation after being separated from his unit and disguising himself as a Buddhist monk.  Burying the dead, one of the seven corporal works of mercy in Catholic tradition, plays a key role in an  elegant parable of reparation and individual conscience. Although the story dwells on war-related horrors, above all the countless unburied bodies of the slain,  The  Burmese Harp ’s message is not simply that war causes suffering. Nor, despite its Buddhist milieu, does  the film endorse the Buddhist doctrine that suffering ( dukkha ) is caused by desire ( tanha ). Instead, the film declares, like the Book of Job, that  we mortals do not know why suffering happens Rather than diagnosing a cause,  The Burmese Harp  emphasizes the importance of compassion, humility,  and spirituality in facing up to the disease. 2 different perspectives on losing the war. Surrendering and Fighting till the Death. Romantic approach to the termination of the conflict. Conversely, while Mizushima is aware of his own escape from death and recognizes his one-time camaraderie with  the unit, he plays "Home, Sweet Home" and mournfully realizes that the old Mizushima may as well be dead.  The  Burmese Harp , just as the titular instrument suggests songs without filling them out, is a slight film that suggests the  heavy human toll of war without actually presenting it.  Overwhelmed, he realizes his second chance at life is inherently intertwined with his mission to help the souls of  those who were not as lucky come to a peaceful rest. Thus, the man who swiped a monk's outfit gradually becomes a  man of the cloth. Black Rain "She forgot how Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed. Everyone forgot it. They forget the hell of fire and go to rallies like an annual festival. I'm sick of it," says a man named Katayama (Akiji Kobayashi) who was directly exposed to the bomb's radiation. The complaint is not that people put the event behind
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This note was uploaded on 02/13/2010 for the course HIS 95278 taught by Professor Hauser during the Fall '09 term at Rochester.

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History Movie analysis - Movie Analysis: The Burmese Harp

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