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The Ballad of Narayama (Narayama Bushiko) (1958)

The Ballad of Narayama
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Teiji Takahashi Teiji Takahashi
Yûko Mochizuki Yûko Mochizuki
Danko Ichikawa Danko Ichikawa
Seiji Miyaguchi Seiji Miyaguchi
Keiko Ogasawara Keiko Ogasawara
Yûnosuke Itô Yûnosuke Itô
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Eijirô Tono Eijirô Tono

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Shichirô Fukazawa Shichirô Fukazawa


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Description: In Kabuki style, the film tells the story of a remote mountain village where the scarcity of food leads to a voluntary but socially-enforced policy in which relatives carry 70-year-old family members up Narayama mountain to die. Granny Orin is approaching 70, content to embrace her fate. Her widowed son Tatsuhei cannot bear losing his mother, even as she arranges his marriage to a widow his age. Her grandson Kesa, who's girlfriend is pregnant, is selfishly happy to see Orin die. Around them, a family of thieves are dealt with severely, and an old man, past 70, whose son has cast him out, scrounges for food. Will Orin's loving an ... (more)
Release date: 19 June 1961
Tags: 1950s (3), 1958 (2), Japan (2), Jidaigeki (2), HQ (1), 98 Min. (1), Color (1), Drama (1), 50's (1), Historical Drama (1), East Asia (1), Spiritual Cinema (1), Sort (1), SnP (1)
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Rath rated this 6/10 1 month ago
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"Directed by: Keisuke Kinoshita A kabuki theatre-inflected story about a poor village whose people have to be carried to a nearby mountain to die once they get old."

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