Drama1961-1970JapanKon Ichikawa

Kon Ichikawa – Hakai AKA The Outcast AKA The Broken Commandment (1962)

Hakai (1962)
Hakai (1962)

PLOT: A young man struggles to come to terms with his true identity in a remote caste-based village in early 20th century Japan.

James Quandt wrote:
Set in 1903, during the late Meiji period, both novel and film depict a young teacher’s coming to terms with himself and society’s lingering feudal prejudice against his class of burakumin, then Japan’s minority group. But novel and film take strikingly different approaches to a topic still sensitive in the Japan of the 1960s. Toson Shimazaki’s 1906 novel Hakai was a pioneering piece of social realism tackling the thorny issue of the burakumin, the descendants of feudal era ‘untouchables’ who remained on the very lowest rung of the Japanese caste system, subject to virulent prejudice and virtual apartheid. The protagonist, Raizo Ichikawa, refuses to accept his lot in life, and, bound by his father’s dying wish that he conceal his lowly beginnings, takes a job as a teacher in a regular school. Still, the example of a famous burakumin writer and activist makes him consider that his people’s lot will not be improved by such subterfuge, and he becomes consumed by a desire to confess his true identity.

Hakai (1962)
Hakai (1962)
Hakai (1962)

Container:  	Matroska
Runtime: 	1 h 58 min
Size: 	2.50 GiB
Codec: 	x264
Resolution: 	1024x428 
Aspect ratio:  	2.40:1
Frame rate: 	23.976 fps
Bit rate: 	2 826 kb/s
BPP: 	0.269
#1:  	Japanese 2.0ch AAC LC @ 170 kb/s


Subtitles:English, Japanese

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