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The Ballad of Narayama (1958)

Narayama bushikô (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 19 June 1961 (USA)
A kabuki theatre-inflected story about a poor village whose people have to be carried to a nearby mountain to die once they get old.

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Complete credited cast:
... Orin
Teiji Takahashi ... Tatsuhei
Yûko Mochizuki ... Tamayan
Danko Ichikawa ... Kesakichi
Seiji Miyaguchi ... Mata-yan
Keiko Ogasawara ... Matsu-yan
Yûnosuke Itô ... Matayan's son
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Ken Mitsuda ... Teruyan
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In Kabuki style, the film tells the story of a remote mountain village where the scarcity of food leads to a voluntary but socially-enforced policy in which relatives carry 70-year-old family members up Narayama mountain to die. Granny Orin is approaching 70, content to embrace her fate. Her widowed son Tatsuhei cannot bear losing his mother, even as she arranges his marriage to a widow his age. Her grandson Kesa, who's girlfriend is pregnant, is selfishly happy to see Orin die. Around them, a family of thieves are dealt with severely, and an old man, past 70, whose son has cast him out, scrounges for food. Will Orin's loving and accepting spirit teach and ennoble her family? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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This was the final film to be added to Roger Ebert's list of "Great Movies" before his death on April 4, 2013 at the age of 70. See more »

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Remade as The Ballad of Narayama (1983) See more »

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Better than the Palme d'Or version
7 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

The Ballad of Narayama (Japanese: Narayama bushikô) (1958) (Not to be confused with the even more difficult to watch Palme d'Or winning 1983 version.)

A stage play on film, Sung Kabuki narration Beautiful backdrops, Old woman piggybacks son Slow, strange, can be hard to watch.

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(Tanka (短歌 tan-kah) poems are unrhymed short poems that are five lines long, with the 5-7-5-7-7 syllable format.

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