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The Ballad of Narayama

Keisuke Kinoshita

 
The Ballad of Narayama (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Japan
  • 1958
  • 98 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #645

This haunting, kabuki-inflected version of a Japanese folk legend is set in a remote mountain village where food is scarce and tradition dictates that citizens who have reached their seventieth year must be carried to the summit of Mount Narayama and left there to die. The sacrificial elder at the center of the tale is Orin (Kinuyo Tanaka), a dignified and dutiful woman who spends her dwindling days securing the happiness of her loyal widowed son with a respectable new wife. Filmed almost entirely on cunningly designed studio sets, in brilliant color and widescreen, The Ballad of Narayama is a stylish and vividly formal work from Japan’s cinematic golden age, directed by the dynamic Keisuke Kinoshita.

Credits

DirectorKeisuke Kinoshita
Written byKeisuke Kinoshita
Produced byMasaharu Kokaji
Based on the novel byShichiro Fukazawa
CinematographyHiroyuki Kusuda
Production designKisaku Ito and Chiyoo Umeda
EditorYoshi Sugihara
Naguta musicRokuzaemon Kineya
Joruri musicMatsunosuke Nozawa

Disc Features

  • New 4K digital master from the 2011 restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Trailer and teaser
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Philip Kemp

    New cover by Yuko Shimizu

Film Essays

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The Ballad of Narayama: Abandonment

By Philip Kemp February 05, 2013

Keisuke Kinoshita’s most experimental film is a resplendent, kabuki-inspired, folk-derived drama about mortality. Read more »

Film Essays

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The Ballad of Narayama: Abandonment

By Philip Kemp February 05, 2013

Keisuke Kinoshita’s most experimental film is a resplendent, kabuki-inspired, folk-derived drama about mortality. Read more »


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