Films at the Embassy of Japan


The Burmese Harp  ビルマの竪琴

Wednesday 16 April 2014 at 18:30
Doors open at 18:00. Film starts at 18:30. No admittance after 19:00.
Free admission. Prior registration essential.

Directed by Kon Ichikawa 市川 崑 / 1985 / 133 mins
(Japanese language with English subtitles)

"Mizushima, come home with us!" These are the iconic words from one of the most famous and touching scenes of this film. 

In the summer of 1945, the Japanese forces on the Burma front are finding it difficult to retreat across the border into Thailand. Private First Class Mizushima, who has made a Burmese harp, proves to be invaluable in keeping up the men’s spirits. Once the ceasefire has been declared, he is assigned to the mission of persuading Japanese soldiers holding out in the Mountain Triangle to surrender. He fails. On his return to his platoon and eagerly desiring to return his country, he comes across the bones and decomposing corpses of Japanese soldiers. His true mission gradually dawns on him.


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