‘The Burmese Harp’ – war and spirituality

DVDNow that there’s not as much on TV, our Netflix subscription is starting to get heavier usage. Last night I watched The Burmese Harp, a classic Japanese film from the Criterion Collection. This film is often cited as an anti-war film, but the emphasis is on one soldier’s spiritual development as a result of witnessing the aftermath of war. Contemplation of corpses is a standard Buddhist meditation practice, and one that is unavoidable for this Japanese soldier in Burma at the end of World War II. Eventually becoming a monk, he remains behind to bury the dead.

The Burmese Harp at IMDB

The Burmese Harp at Wikipedia


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