(Narayama bushi kō) The Ballad of Narayama

(Narayama bushi kō) The Ballad of Narayama

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Genre: Drama
Director: Keisuke Kinoshita
Cast: Danshi Ichikawa, Eijiro Tono, Keiko Ogasawara, Ken Mitsuda, Kinuyo Tanaka, Seiji Miyaguchi, Teiji Takahashi, Yuko Mochizuki, Yunosuke Ito
Year: 1958
Format: Blu-ray
Number of discs: 1
Street Date: 5-Feb-13
Runtime (minutes):
Original Language: Japanese
Studio: Criterion Collection

SKU: CC2228BD Categories: ,


This haunting, kabuki-inflected version of a Japanese folk legend is set in a remote mountain village where food is scarce and tradition dictates that citizens who have reached their seventieth year must be carried to the summit of Mount Narayama and left there to die. The sacrificial elder at the center of the tale is Orin (Kinuyo Tanaka), a dignified and dutiful woman who spends her dwindling days securing the happiness of her loyal widowed son with a respectable new wife. Filmed almost entirely on cunningly designed studio sets, in brilliant color and widescreen, The Ballad of Narayama is a stylish and vividly formal work from Japan’s cinematic golden age, directed by the dynamic Keisuke Kinoshita.

* New 4K digital master from the 2011 restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
* Trailer and teaser
* New English subtitle translation
* PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Philip Kemp

_New cover by Yuko Shimizu_

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