Life Of Oharu, The: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1952) / Region 1
Life Of Oharu, The: The Criterion Collection

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Life Of Oharu, The: The Criterion Collection

A peerless chronicler of the soul who specialized in supremely emotional, visually exquisite films about the circumstances of women in Japanese society throughout its history, 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 incredibly talented Kinuyo Tanaka as an imperial lady-in-waiting who gradually descends to street prostitution, was the movie that gained its director international attention, ushering in a new golden period for him.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Apr 16 2013
  • Production Year 1952
  • Empire SKU 1652482
  • UPC Code 715515107419
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


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
Booklet Featuring An Essay By Film Scholar Gilberto Perez


  • Audio
    Japanese Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.37:1 B&W

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