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20 April 1964 (USA) See more »
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The tale of a 17th century samurai's daughter. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

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Kinuyo Tanaka ... Oharu
Tsukie Matsuura ... Tomo, Oharu's Mother
Ichirô Sugai ... Shinzaemon, Oharu's Father

Toshirô Mifune ... Katsunosuke
Toshiaki Konoe ... Lord Harutaka Matsudaira
Kiyoko Tsuji ... Landlady
Hisako Yamane ... Lady Matsudaira
Jûkichi Uno ... Yakichi Ogiya
Eitarô Shindô ... Kahe Sasaya
Akira Ôizumi ... Fumikichi, Sasaya's Friend
Kyôko Kusajima ... Sodegaki
Masao Shimizu ... Kikuoji
Daisuke Katô ... Tasaburo Hishiya
Toranosuke Ogawa ... Yoshioka
Hiroshi Oizumi ... Manager Bunkichi
Haruyo Ichikawa ... Lady-in-waiting Iwabashi
Yuriko Hamada ... Otsubone Yoshioka
Noriko Sengoku ... Lady-in-waiting Sakurai
Sadako Sawamura ... Owasa
Masao Mishima ... Taisaburo Hishiya
Eijirô Yanagi ... Forger
Chieko Higashiyama ... Myokai, the Old Nun

Takashi Shimura ... Old Man
Benkei Shiganoya ... Jihei
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Directed by
Kenji Mizoguchi 
 
Writing credits
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Saikaku Ihara  novel "Koshuku Ichidai Onna"
Kenji Mizoguchi 
Yoshikata Yoda 

Produced by
Hideo Koi .... producer
Kenji Mizoguchi .... producer
Isamu Yoshiji .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Ichirô Saitô 
 
Cinematography by
Yoshimi Hirano 
Yoshimi Kono 
 
Film Editing by
Toshio Gotô 
 
Production Design by
Hiroshi Mizutani 
 
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Isamu Yoshi .... historical consultant
 
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Also Known As:
"The Life of Oharu" - , International (English title) (alternative title)
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148 min | USA:133 min
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This film, which was director Kenji Mizoguchi's dream project, was severely under-financed, and the production was forced to use a warehouse instead of a regular sound stage. This warehouse happened to be located near railways, and each time a train passed by, they had to stop shooting, which made the shooting of the film even more difficult with the director's obsessive use of long, continuous, uninterrupted takes. The same warehouse was also used for Josef Von Sternberg's film 'The Saga of Anatahan'.See more »
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21 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
a masterpiece, 1 April 2005
Author: rbiko-1 from United Kingdom

I cannot agree with the reviewer who commented that Mizoguchi does not have the aesthetic sensibility of Kurosawa or Ozu. In fact, he appears to me to be the true master of Japanese cinema. 'Oharu' is a marvellous achievement - a compassionate, beautiful account of a quite astonishing fall from privilege and grace into destitution and despair. It is unremittingly bleak and yet due to Mizoguchi's genius and Kinuyo Tanaka's luminous portrayal of the unlucky Oharu, it is a spiritually compelling work, with sheer artistry and simple human empathy competing for our attention in every take. Breathtaking film-making of the highest quality.

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