Special a 35mm presentation Classic
One Time Only:

The Human Condition (1959 – 1961) – a 35mm presentation

Hoezo in KINO

We are proud and honoured to present this unique opportunity to experience Japanese master director Masaki Kobayashi’s World War II masterpiece The Human Condition. Exhibited on our biggest screen and in glorious 35mm. This nine hour and forty minute epic about a young Japanese conscientious objector swept up by the tragic and brutal maelstrom of historical events can’t be understated in its importance as a bleak but humanistic reminder of the horrors of war in general and the crimes of the Japanese empire in particular. With the generous help of Eye Filmmuseum and The Japan Foundation we’re able to present this cinematic behemoth on May 8th for one time only. Do not miss out.


Masaki Kobayashi
Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Tamao Nakamura, Yūsuke Kawazu, Chishū Ryū, Taketoshi Naitô, Kyōko Kishida
drama, war, history


Part 1: No Greater Love (1959)
During the Second World War, Japanese conscientious objector Kaji works as a supervisor in a Manchurian prison camp. He hopes to avoid duty as a soldier, but he also hopes to be helpful to the welfare of his prisoners. But an escape attempt by Chinese prisoners results in Kaji’s arrest for collusion. He faces the possibility of transferral to combat–or worse.

Part 2: Road to Eternity (1959)
Kaji is sent to the Japanese army labeled Red and is mistreated by the vets. Along his assignment, Kaji witnesses cruelties in the army and revolts against the abusive treatment against the recruit Obara. He also sees his friend Shinjô Ittôhei defecting to the Russian border, and he ends in the front to fight a lost battle against the Russian tanks division.

Part 3: A Soldier’s Prayer (1961)
After the Japanese defeat to the Russians, Kaji leads the last remaining men through Manchuria. Intent on returning to his dear wife and his old life, Kaji faces great odds in a variety of different harrowing circumstances as he and his fellow men sneak behind enemy lines.

The tickets for the trilogy with lunch and dinner are sold out. We do offer tickets for the film without lunch & dinner (€29 regular, free for Cineville) to give more people the chance to see this one time cinematic event. During the breaks (14:00-15:00 and 18:30-19:30) there are plenty of lunch and dinner options in the neighbourhood. Beware: it is not allowed to consume food during the screenings or bring your own food into KINO, so plan ahead! 

Chef Perry de Man from Toko Rotterdam will present a Japanese style lunch and dinner on this day. Everyone who buys a ticket will receive the menu a few weeks in advance via email.

10:00 introduction by filmmaker Kim Kokosky Deforchaux
10:15 Part I: No Greater Love (208 min)
14:00 lunch (60 min)
15:00 Part II: Road to Eternity (181 min)
18:30 dinner (60 min)
19:30 Part III: A Soldier’s Prayer (190 min)
23:00 end