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A Dedicated Life

Documentary 2h 37m 1994

After The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On, Kazuo Hara and Sachiko Kobayashi found another extreme subject in outspoken leftist writer Mitsuharu Inoue, one of the foremost novelists of the postwar period whose larger-than-life personality attracted a cult-like following of students and lovers. Learning he was battling cancer and might have not long to live, Hara and Kobayashi recorded Inoue, following him from drinking parties to speaking engagements as he recounts his first love, impoverished adolescence and the revolutionary days of his youth—only some of which is true. An intimate portrait that revels in the blurred lines between fact, fiction and truth, A Dedicated Life captures the essence of an artist who approaches his life as a work of art in itself.

  • Directors Guild of Japan Award
  • Best 10 No.1 & Best Director, Kinema Junpo
  • Japanese Film Grand Prize, Mainichi Film Concours
  • Best Film, Japan Film Pen Club

Streaming in the U.S. and Canada from June 4-July 2 as part of Cinema as Struggle: The Films of Kazuo Hara & Sachiko Kobayashi | Also available in the U.S. and Canada as a part of our discounted 5-Film Bundle 1 for $30


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Bonus Content

Introduction by Kazuo Hara and Sachiko Kobayashi

To commemorate 50 years of Shisso Productions, Japan Society presents a newly-recorded introduction for A Dedicated Life by Kazuo Hara and Sachiko Kobayashi.

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