Episode 134. Master Masaki

One of the masters of world cinema, Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi, is the focus of today’s episode as Alex and Jonathan talk through his epic trilogy The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959), The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity (1959), and The Human Condition III: A Soldier’s Prayer (1961), as well as his stylistic ghost story anthology Kwaidan (1964). We discuss the cultural implications of making The Human Condition, the trajectory of Kobayashi’s career, and his use of tradition and style in Kwaidan.

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Skip to: The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (11:38), The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity (38:54), The Human Condition III: A Soldier’s Prayer (53:07), Kwaidan (1:10:02), Overall (1:28:40), Coming Attractions (1:33:35)

Resources referenced in this episode:

Coming Attractions – Billy Wilder

Intro/outro music by Mike Braudrick

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