The Ballad of Narayama

Overview

Adapted from a novel by Shichiro Fukazawa, The Ballad of Narayama is built around an ancient Japanese custom. Centuries ago, it was customary for the younger citizens of a remote Japanese mountain village to shepherd all those over the age of seventy to the snowy crags of Mt. Narayama. There the elders would be left to die from exposure and starvation--a fate they were expected to meet with stoic resignation. As the film observes, this custom was not universally accepted even in ancient times: Some of the old ...
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Overview

Adapted from a novel by Shichiro Fukazawa, The Ballad of Narayama is built around an ancient Japanese custom. Centuries ago, it was customary for the younger citizens of a remote Japanese mountain village to shepherd all those over the age of seventy to the snowy crags of Mt. Narayama. There the elders would be left to die from exposure and starvation--a fate they were expected to meet with stoic resignation. As the film observes, this custom was not universally accepted even in ancient times: Some of the old folks put up a physical struggle against their exile, others accept the inevitable under verbal protest, and some of the younger relatives question whether they have the right to go along with this questionable "cleansing" process. Heartbreakingly brilliant, The Ballad of Narayama was remade in 1983; the latter version won the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
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Special Features

New 2K Digital Master From The 2011 Restoration; Trailer And Teaser
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/2013
  • UPC: 715515102612
  • Original Release: 1958
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Color / Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: Japanese
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 20,793

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kinuyo Tanaka Orin
Teiji Takahashi Tatsuhei
Yuko Mochizuki Tama-Yan
Seiji Miyaguchi Mata-Yan
Yunosuke Ito Mata-Yan's son
Danko Ichikawa Kesakichi
Keiko Ogasawara Mutsu-Yan
Eijiro Tono
Ken Mitsuda Teru-Yan
Technical Credits
Keisuke Kinoshita Director, Screenwriter
Tameharu Endo Score Composer
Kisaku Ito Art Director
Hiroyuki Kusuda Cinematographer
M. Nozawa Score Composer
Ryuzo Ohtani Producer
Yoshi Sugihara Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Ballad of Narayama
1. Orin Of The Tree Stump [6:56]
2. News For Tatsuhei [6:27]
3. Thirty-Three Demon Teeth [4:17]
4. Old Friend [4:06]
5. A Hearty Welcome [6:10]
6. Shame [8:01]
7. Autumn Harvest [7:24]
8. Thieves [5:37]
9. Faith [8:47]
10. Judgment [3:15]
11. Rules Of The Journey [9:51]
12. Mata's Escape [2:06]
13. Fateful Day [8:37]
14. The Ascent [8:33]
15. Blessed [8:09]
1. Color Bars [:20]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Ballad of Narayama
   Play The Movie
   Chapters
   Trailer
   Teaser
   Subtitles
      Subtitles: On
      Subtitles: Off
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