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The Life of Oharu

Kenji Mizoguchi

 
The Life of Oharu (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Japan
  • 1952
  • 136 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #664

A peerless chronicler of the soul who specialized in supremely emotional, visually exquisite films about the circumstances of women in Japanese society, Kenji Mizoguchi had already been directing movies for decades when he made The Life of Oharu in 1952. But this epic portrait of an inexorable fall from grace, starring the astounding Kinuyo Tanaka as an imperial lady-in-waiting who gradually descends to street prostitution, was the movie that gained the director international attention, ushering in a new golden period for him.

Cast

OharuKinuyo Tanaka
Katsunosuke Toshiro Mifune
Kikunokoji Masao Shimizu
Tomo, Oharu’s motherTsukie Matsuura
Shinzaemon, Oharu’s fatherIchiro Sugai
Lord MatsudairaToshiaki Konoe
Lady MatsudairaHisako Yamane
Tasaburo HishiyaDaisuke Kato
Otsubone YoshiokaYuriko Hamada
Ostubone KuzuiKomako Hara
Old nun MyokaiKikue Mouri
Lady-in-waiting IwabashiHaruyo Ichikawa
Lady-in-waiting SodegakiKyoko Kusajima
Kahei SasayaEitarô Shindô
Owasa, Sasaya’s wifeSadako Sawamura
Bunkichi, Sasaya’s employeeAkira Ooizumi
CounterfeiterEijiro Yanagi
Yakichi Ogiya, Oharu’s husbandJukichi Uno

Credits

DirectorKenji Mizoguchi
ProducerHideo Koi
ScreenplayYoshikata Yoda
Based on the novel bySaikaku Ihara
Story editorKenji Mizoguchi
CinematographyYoshimi Hirano
Production designHiroshi Mizutani
Edited byToshio Goto
MusicIchiro Saito
Artistic and historical adviserIsamu Yoshii

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • 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 Kinuyo Tanaka, a 2009 film by Koko Kajiyama documenting the actor’s 1949 goodwill tour of the United States
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Gilberto Perez

Film Essays

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The Life of Oharu: Not Reconciled

By Gilberto PerezJuly 08, 2013

With its marvelous, distinctive camera work, Kenji Mizoguchi’s searing drama is as technically . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

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The Life of Oharu: Not Reconciled

By Gilberto PerezJuly 08, 2013

With its marvelous, distinctive camera work, Kenji Mizoguchi’s searing drama is as technically . . . Read more »

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