Save Big on AppleiPhone, iPad, MacBook and more. Ends Saturday.Shop now ›

The Burmese Harp [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [Japanese] [1956]

Price Match Guarantee

Best Buy is dedicated to always offering the best value to our customers. We will match the price, at the time of purchase, on a Price Match Guarantee product if you find the same item at a lower price at a Designated Major Online Retailer or at a local retail competitor's store.

Here's how:
  • If you find a qualifying lower price online, call 1-888-BEST BUY and direct a customer service agent to the web site with the lower price, or when visiting a Best Buy store, one of our employees will assist you.
  • On qualifying products, Best Buy will then verify the current price to complete the price match.

Exclusions apply including, but not limited to, Competitors' service prices, special daily or hourly sales, and items for sale Thanksgiving Day through the Monday after Thanksgiving. See the list of Designated Major Online Retailers and full details.

$22.99
Cardholder Offers

Overview

Special Features

  • New restored high-definition digital transfer
  • New video interviews with director Kon Ichikawa and actor Rentaro Mikuni
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New and imporved English subtitle translation
  • Plus: A new essay by renowned critic and historian Tony Rayns

Synopsis

The Burmese Harp
Set against the final days of World War II, The Burmese Harp portrays the experiences of a group of exhausted, war-scarred Japanese soldiers as they prepare to return to Japan. The film focuses on Shoji Yasui, a soldier known to his comrades for his harp playing, who fails to convince a resistant company to surrender and is presumed dead when a battle destroys their hillside encampment. To rejoin his fellow soldiers, Shoji steals the robes of a Buddhist monk and begins to make his way across the countryside. But along the way, he becomes fixated on the hundreds of abandoned, unburied war casualties and begins to assume the duties of his costume and tend to the bodies. Meanwhile, Shoji's friends mount a search for him, eventually noticing the monk to whom he bears an uncanny resemblance. Director Kon Ichikawa's film was adapted by frequent collaborator (and wife) Nato Wada from a book by Michio Takeyama designed to introduce children to the fundamental principles of Buddhism. ~ Keith Phipps, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Image coming soon
    Shoji Yasui - Private Yasuhiko
  • Rentaro Mikuni
    Rentaro Mikuni - Capt. Inouye
  • Tatsuya Mihashi
    Tatsuya Mihashi - Defense Commander
  • Tanie Kitabayashi
    Tanie Kitabayashi - Old Woman
  • Yunosuke Ito
    Yunosuke Ito - Village head
Product images, including color, may differ from actual product appearance.