The Life of Oharu

The Life of Oharu

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi Cast: Kinuyo Tanaka, Toshiro Mifune, Ichiro Sugai

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The Life of Oharu

Life of Oharu features Kinuyo Tanaka in the title role. Oharu is a middle-aged prostitute in 17th century Japan. As she prays before a statue of Buddha, Oharu reviews her past. Her road to degradation began when, as a teenager, she disgraced her family by falling in love with a samurai (Toshiro Mifune). Oharu became the mistress of a prince, who cast her off after she bore his son. She was then sold into prostitution by her father, and thus began a catch-as-catch-can existence alternating between brief happiness with those she genuinely loved and servitude to those she despised. A potential happy ending, reuniting her with her royal son, is dashed by the much-maligned Oharu herself, who opts for the life of a beggar. Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi, a lifelong advocate of equitable treatment for Japanese women, Life of Oharu was adapted from a novel by Saikaku Ibara.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/09/2013
UPC: 0715515107310
Original Release: 1952
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 2:16:00
Sales rank: 16,828

Special Features

New audio commentary for the opening of the movie by film scholar Dudley Andrew; Mizoguchi's Art And The Demimonde, an illustrated audio essay featuring Andrew; The Travels of Kinoyo Tanaka, a 2009 film by Koko Kajiyama documenting the actor's 1949 goodwill tour of the United States

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kinuyo Tanaka Oharu
Toshiro Mifune Katsunosuke
Ichiro Sugai Shonzaemon, Oharu's Father
Daisuke Kato Tasaburo Hishiya
Kikue Mori Myokai, the Old Nun
Akira Oizumi Fumikichi, Sasaya's Friend
Toranosuke Ogawa Yataemon Isobei
Masao Shimizu Kikuno Koji
Yuriko Hamada Otsubone Yoshioka
Kyoko Kusajima Sodegaki
Noriko Sengoku Sakurai
Eitaro Shindo Kohei Sasaya
Sadako Sawamura Owasa
Masao Mishima Taisaburo Hishiya
Eijiro Yanagi Forger
Jukichi Uno Yakichi Senya
Chieko Higashiyama Myokai
Takashi Shimura Old Man

Technical Credits
Kenji Mizoguchi Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Toshio Goto Editor
Hideo Koi Producer
Hiroshi Mizutani Production Designer
Ichiro Saito Score Composer
Yoshikata Yoda Screenwriter

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