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The Ballad of Narayama (1983)
"Narayama-bushi kô" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  29 April 1983 (Japan)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Ogata ...
Tatsuhei
Sumiko Sakamoto ...
Orin
Tonpei Hidari ...
Risuke
Aki Takejô ...
Tamayan
Shôichi Ozawa ...
Katsuzô
Fujio Tokita ...
Jinsaku
Sanshô Shinsui ...
Zeniya no Tadayan
Seiji Kurasaki ...
Kesakichi
Junko Takada ...
Matsuyan
Mitsuko Baishô ...
Oei
Taiji Tonoyama ...
Teruyan
Casey Takamine ...
Arayashiki (as Kêshi Takamine)
Nenji Kobayashi ...
Tsune
Nijiko Kiyokawa ...
Okane
Akio Yokoyama ...
Amaya
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In a small village in a valley everyone who reaches the age of 70 must leave the village and go to a certain mountain top to die. If anyone should refuse he or she would disgrace their family. Old Orin is 69. This winter it is her turn to go to the mountain. But first she must make sure that her eldest son Tatsuhei finds a wife. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Balladen om Narayama  »

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Katsuzô: [It's night and he creeps up to the village dog and starts to stroke her] -"Good girl, good girl, good girl."
[He takes her takes her cooler and turns her around]
Katsuzô: -"Come over here."
[He kneels down behind her and starts thrusting and having sex with her, she wines and tries to move forwards]
Katsuzô: -"Shiro, don't move! Don't move, Shiro!"
[he keeps thrusting and begins to reach organism]
Katsuzô: -"Stay still, Shiro! Ohhhr"
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Remake of Ballad of Narayama (1958) See more »

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Oya wo nemurasu komori uta
Performed by Sumiko Sakamoto
Courtesy of Radio City Records
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Beautiful!
21 August 2000 | by (Houston TX) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most beautiful and moving motion pictures I have ever seen. The extreme hardships faced by the people in this story are presented frankly and unsentimentally. The cinematography is absolutely exquisite, particularly the last 10-15 minutes. Although the film never gives in to or panders to sentimentality (sentimentality, Imamura?), the end is really a tear-jerker. As much as I hate to make lists of my "favorite things", this movie would definitely rate among my top ten of all times. Do yourself a favor and see this movie!


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