Ballad Of Narayama, The: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1958) / Region 1
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Ballad Of Narayama, The: The Criterion Collection

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.

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  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Nov 16 2012
  • Production Year 1958
  • Empire SKU 1633795
  • UPC Code 715515102612
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English

Features

Trailer and Teaser
Booklet Featuring An Essay By Critic Philip Kemp

Audio/Video

  • Audio
    Japanese Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)

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