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Ballad of Narayama
     

The Ballad of Narayama

Director: Shohei Imamura

Cast: Sumiko Sakamoto, Ken Ogata, Seiji Kurasaki

 

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In this second, award-winning interpretation of a novel by Shichiro Fukazawa, director Shohei Imamura has inserted some scenes of violence and ritual sex that are shocking and were absent in the first, 1958 film. The story is set in the 19th century in a remote and severely impoverished mountain village in northern Japan. In this fictional society, once the elderly

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In this second, award-winning interpretation of a novel by Shichiro Fukazawa, director Shohei Imamura has inserted some scenes of violence and ritual sex that are shocking and were absent in the first, 1958 film. The story is set in the 19th century in a remote and severely impoverished mountain village in northern Japan. In this fictional society, once the elderly have reached the age of 70 they are brought up Mount Nara, where ancient gods reside, and left to die hopefully blessed by the deities -- this sacrifice will free up food for someone else in the village. Orin (Sumiko Sakamoto) is a 69-year-old grandmother living with one of her sons and three grandchildren and she prepares for her departure for an entire year. Among other activities (not always morally acceptable), she gets a new wife for her oldest son, and then shows the wife where the best place is for catching fish and how to take care of the family. At the top of the mountain, hundreds of skeletons and hungry black crows wait for the next arrivals as the resigned grandmother and one grieving son make the final ascent together, the woman strapped to her son's back. Director Imamura has trenchantly probed the nature of inhumanity and survival in a small, everyman's village. Narayama Bushi Ko won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1983.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/2008
UPC:
0737187011955
Original Release:
1983
Source:
Animeigo
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:10:00

Special Features

Theatrical trailers; Program notes; Image gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sumiko Sakamoto Orin, Tatsuhei's mother
Ken Ogata Tatsuhei
Seiji Kurasaki Kesakichi, older son
Mitsuko Baisho Young Widow Oei
Nijiko Kiyokawa Old widow Okane
Kaoru Shimamori Tomekichi, Younger Son
Keishi Takamine Arayashiki
Ryutaro Tatsumi Matayan
Tonpei Hidari Risuke, Tatsuhei's Brother
Takejo Aki Tamayan, Tatsuhei's wife
Norihei Miki Old salt dealer
Shoichi Ozawa Katsuzo
Taiji Tonoyama Teruyan
Fujio Tsuneda Jinsaku
Akio Yokoyama Amaya

Technical Credits
Shohei Imamura Director,Screenwriter
Kenichi Benitani Sound/Sound Designer
Shichiro Fukazawa Original Story
Shinichiro Ikebe Score Composer
Hisao Inagaki Set Decoration/Design
Hajime Okayasu Editor
Masao Tochizawa Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ballad of Narayama
1. Opening Credits [3:01]
2. Orin's Legacy [4:26]
3. Fertilizer Like That [5:48]
4. Father and the Bride [6:21]
5. Embarrassingly Healthy [7:18]
6. Here Comes the Bride [7:19]
7. Big, Rocklike Teeth [7:08]
8. Curse of the Yakko [6:12]
9. Stinker's Secrets [5:25]
10. Fox in the Henhouse [7:45]
11. Hot Potatoes [7:26]
12. Don't Pray to It [5:25]
13. Stinker Gets the Shaft [5:50]
14. Rihei Returns [6:42]
15. Mountain Pilgrimage [7:43]
16. The Journey Begins [6:58]
17. The Journey Continues [8:25]
18. The Journey Continues [5:23]
19. Destination: Desertion [6:30]
20. It's a Sign! [6:52]
21. End Credits [1:43]

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