sound familiar?

Chuck Stephens cougar71 at
Tue Jan 17 23:43:51 EST 2006

A reader sent this query to Film Comment. The film sounds vaguely 
familiar but I can't name it. Anyone here know it?


To: <editor at>
Subject: Japanese film

Attention Mr. Chuck Stephens:

I read your article on Japanese film in the September/October 2005 
issue and thought you may be able to help identify a Japanese film I 
saw long ago and want to find its name and/or director.

I believe I saw it in New York City in the 50's, but it could have 
been California in the 60's!???  The  story was about a man from a 
well-to-do family who wanted very badly to go off to a current local 
war and did so.  His family strongly opposed his wishes and kidnapped 
him off the battle field(?) and locked him in an attic filled with 
philosophical books.  Years later he comes out of the attic a very 
changed and peaceful man.

Any help you can provide would be gratefully appreciated.  
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