Ningen no joken I (The Human Condition I) (No Greater Love)
Ningen no joken I (The Human Condition I) (No Greater Love) (1959)

Originally titled Ningen No Joken, No Greater Love is the first of Japanese filmmaker Masaki Kobayashi's Human Condition trilogy. Drawing from his own experiences, Kobayashi weaves the tale of a Japanese pacifist, trying to get by as… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 15, 1959
DVD Release Date: September 8, 2009
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Andrew O'Hehir

It's a richly rewarding visual and human experience in all its bleakness.

Paul Brenner

it is still powerful and uncompromising, but it is also strident, tortuous, and hateful

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Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

A masterpiece on all fronts.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

In keeping with the grandeur of its title, The Human Condition is anything but modest in scope and ambition.

Matthew Connolly
Slant Magazine

It all sounds like a downer, and Human Condition is an indisputably solemn film. Yet it also possesses a restless vitality, with hard cuts juxtaposing abject brutality with pastoral tranquility and romantic longing.

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Derek Smith
Apollo Guide

'Although it is set in the past, its universal themes of love, war, and man's struggle to understand his place in the world are as relevant today as they've ever been.'

Aaron Hillis
Village Voice

Based on Jumpei Gomikawa's ambitious novel and seasoned with Kobayashi's own experiences, this overly melodramatic trilogy set in Japanese-occupied Manchuria depicts the dehumanizing brutality of war with on-the-nose pedantry, never subtext, and offers li

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Stan Hall

Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi's landmark 1958-61 trilogy about a man's attempt to struggle with his humanity in an inhumane world is a rigorous but deeply rewarding viewing experience.

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Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Astounding war drama, The Human Condition is a milestone in cinema, a film so ambitious in scope, yet so simple in the way that it tells a captivating story.… More
Walter M.
"The Human Condition" starts at the Gate of Hope and Peace in occupied Manchuria during World War II. Kaji(Tatsuya Nakadai) knows his being called up… More
danny d
a 10 hour film made in six parts and released as three separate films from 1959-1961, the human condition is as ambitious as the title suggests, and it succeeds… More
Saskia D.
This film by Masaki Kobayashi is a masterpiece!! You'll get to see the worst and best of people during times of war in a Manchurian Prison Camp. Kaji,… More