FILMS / Harp of Burma
Harp of Burma 

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> ALONE ACROSS THE PACIFIC
> AN ACTOR'S REVENGE
> BONCHI
> CRAMMED STREETCAR
> HAKAI
> HARP OF BURMA
> I AM TWO
> KOKORO
> NIHONBASHI
> NOBI
> ODD OBSESSION
> PUNISHMENT ROOM
> TEN DARK WOMEN
> THE WANDERERS
> THE MAKIOKA SISTERS


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ビルマの竪琴
ICHIKAWA Kon | 1956 | 116 min | English subtitles | PG
ATSU CENTENNIAL
Screening
29 June Sun - 4.30pm
free admission
In the summer of 1945, the Japanese Army suffers a humiliating defeat on the Burma front, and attempts to escape to Thailand. Among the Japanese Army units, the Inoue company is making its way with Mizushima, a soldier and an expert harpist, guiding the company with his harp and songs. With the end of the war, after surrendering to British forces, Mizushima is sent to persuade a group of die-hards who refuses to surrender, and he becomes missing. Magnificently shot in hushed black and white, Ichikawa’s The Burmese Harp is an eloquent meditation on beauty coexisting with death and remains one of Japanese cinema’s most overwhelming anti-war statements, both tender and brutal in its grappling with Japan’s wartime legacy.
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Japanese Film Festival Singapore 2014 | シンガポール日本映画祭 2014 | June 26 to July 12 | National Museum of Singapore