Very late, to account for Covid-delayed wide releases.
Trying to evaluate a familiar film, like it’s the first time.
Synopsis, from IMDB: A Japanese pacifist, unable to face the dire consequences of conscientious objection, is transformed by his attempts to compromise with the demands of war-time Japan. The most immediately striking thing to me about this (Japanese) trilogy is how bluntly it exposes the excesses and abuses of the Imperial Japanese system during WWII, so soon after the end of the war. The structure of the trilogy reminded me of the TV show, The Wire.