Challenge to Live (1962)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 99 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |  
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In this uneven but still challenging drama, director Eizo Sugawa tackles the problem of the effects of killing on the human psyche, even when the killing is condoned as a form of euthanasia. Izaki (Tatsuya Mihashi) is a successful executive who leads an oil company to break the embargo against importing petroleum from Iraq. His motivations are humanitarian as well as profit-seeking, but as a result of that decision he is forced to break off his engagement to the daughter of the company's president. At the same time, his former fiancée is the sister of his best friend -- the friend whom Izaki was forced to kill in a gesture of mercy during World War II.

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friendship, death, guilt, love, memory, veteran [military], war