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Director:
Writers:
Shôhei Imamura (screenplay)
Shichirô Fukazawa (novel)
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Release Date:
29 April 1983 (Japan) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Only time could change the cruelty of tradition ... only their Love could survive it ... See more »
Plot:
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
9 wins & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A shocking, depressing, and even humorous depiction of a villages efforts to survive. See more (24 total) »

Cast

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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
Kaoru Shimamori ... Tomekichi
Yukie Shimura ... Amaya no Nyôbô
Masami Okamoto ... Amaya no Chônan
Hideo Hasegawa
Ben Hiura ... Yakimatsu
Kenji Murase
Kosei Sato
Norihei Miki ... Shioya
Kansai Eto ... Kin'yan (as Kan Etô)
Ryutaro Tatsumi ... Zeniya no Matayan (as Ryûtarô Tatsumi)
Satoko Iwasaki
Sayaka Nakamaru
Azumi Tanba
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Directed by
Shôhei Imamura 
 
Writing credits
Shôhei Imamura (screenplay)

Shichirô Fukazawa (novel)

Produced by
Gorô Kusakabe .... producer
Jirô Tomoda .... producer
 
Original Music by
Shinichirô Ikebe 
 
Cinematography by
Hiroshi Kanazawa 
Shigeru Komatsubara 
Masao Tochizawa 
 
Film Editing by
Toshihiko Kojima 
Fusako Matsumoto 
Hajime Okayasu 
Yoshiko Onodera 
Masahito Watanabe 
 
Production Design by
Gorô Kusakabe 
 
Art Direction by
Hisao Inagaki 
Tadataka Yoshino 
 
Set Decoration by
Senki Nakamura (stage setting manager)
Mitsuto Washizawa (stage setting producer)
 
Costume Design by
Kyoto Isho 
 
Makeup Department
Seiko Igawa .... makeup artist
Zenichirô Ishikawa .... wigs
Takeshi Matsuo .... key hair stylist
Yôichi Mitsuoka .... key hair stylist
Tomoe Ookawa .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Kimiyoshi Adachi .... production manager
Kanji Aoi .... production manager
Sôji Fukushima .... production manager
Hisashi Iino .... assistant production manager
Shinji Komiya .... unit production manager
Ikuko Murase .... assistant unit manager
Nobutsugu Tsubomi .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shunsaku Ikehata .... assistant director
Nobuaki Murooka .... assistant director
Kunio Takeshige .... assistant director
Takashi Tsukinoki .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Noriyuki Sugimori .... modeling
 
Sound Department
Kenichi Benitani .... sound
Toshio Nakano .... assistant sound
Tatsuo Tsukamoto .... assistant sound
 
Special Effects by
Yoshio Kojima .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenji Ishikuro .... still photographer
Yasuo Iwaki .... gaffer
Yasuo Iwaki .... lighting technician
Tadahiro Kimura .... gaffer
Yûjirô Miura .... gaffer
Masayuki Okao .... gaffer
 
Editorial Department
Kazuko Okayasu .... negative cutter
 
Other crew
Yasuhiko Chiga .... dentistry
Yoshiyaka Hayakawa .... garden designer
Naomi Honjô .... cooking supervisor
Katsuyuki Katô .... unit publicist
Shinji Komiya .... production controller
Tsuguo Kuroda .... livestock glass
Midori Kuwabara .... script supervisor
Toshiyuki Mogi .... publicist
Yoshiko Morita .... cooking supervisor
Ryôhei Nakagawa .... caterer
Hideo Suzuki .... title designer
Uichiro Takeda .... hawk trainer
Hiroshi Tanaka .... dentistry
Teruyuki Tanaka .... garden designer
Tsuneyoshi Yamada .... publicist
Yasuo Yamamoto .... publicist
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Narayama-bushi kô" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
130 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Great Grateful Jizo (????)See more »
Soundtrack:
Risuke no utaSee more »

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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A shocking, depressing, and even humorous depiction of a villages efforts to survive., 27 January 2005
Author: Aaron Kidd from United States

"Ballad of Narayama" is ultimately a film about survival.

Set during the Meiji Period, the inhabitants of a tiny Japanese farming village are forced to embrace extreme tactics to ensure that they stay alive.

Male babies are instantly killed with hardly any remorse, while females are usually sold. Stealing food is punishable by death, which we see in a very disturbing scene where an entire family are buried alive due their father's crime.

And, ultimately, the elderly are sent to die at the base of a mountain called Narayama when they reach the age of 70.

Despite the depressing tone, there is a lot of humor in this film, as well. The songs that the villagers sing about each other are pretty funny, and it's difficult not to laugh at Old Orin trying to knock her own teeth out with a rock.

Speaking of Old Orin, the actress who player her (Sumiko Sakamoto) gives a wonderful performance in this film. She had her teeth surgically removed for this role, and gives a realistic depiction of a 70-year-old woman even though she was in her 40s when the film was made.

"Ballad of Narayama" is indeed a depressing film in many aspects, but it's also filled with humor and offers a better understanding of what life must be like in these types of situations.

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