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The Ballad of Narayama ()

Narayama bushikô (original title)
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In a poor 19th century rural Japanese village, everyone who reaches the age of 70 has to climb a nearby mountain to die. An old woman is getting close to the cut-off age, and we follow her... See more »

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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
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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
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Shioya
Kansai Eto ...
Kin'yan (as Kan Etô)
Ryutaro Tatsumi ...
Zeniya no Matayan
Satoko Iwasaki
Sayaka Nakamaru
Azumi Tanba

Directed by

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Shôhei Imamura

Written by

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Shôhei Imamura ... (screenplay)
 
Shichirô Fukazawa ... (novel)

Produced by

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Gorô Kusakabe ... producer
Jirô Tomoda ... producer

Music by

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Shinichirô Ikebe

Cinematography by

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Hiroshi Kanazawa
Shigeru Komatsubara
Masao Tochizawa

Film Editing by

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Toshihiko Kojima
Fusako Matsumoto
Hajime Okayasu
Yoshiko Onodera
Masahito Watanabe

Editorial Department

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Kazuko Okayasu ... negative cutter

Production Design by

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Gorô Kusakabe

Art Direction by

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Hisao Inagaki
Tadataka Yoshino

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Senki Nakamura ... (stage setting manager)
Mitsuto Washizawa ... (stage setting producer)

Costume Design by

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Kyoto Isho

Makeup Department

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Seiko Igawa ... makeup artist
Zenichirô Ishikawa ... wigs
Takeshi Matsuo ... key hair stylist
Yôichi Mitsuoka ... key hair stylist
Tomoe Ookawa ... hair stylist

Production Management

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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

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Shunsaku Ikehata ... assistant director
Nobuaki Murooka ... assistant director
Kunio Takeshige ... assistant director
Takashi Tsukinoki ... assistant director

Art Department

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Noriyuki Sugimori ... modeling

Sound Department

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Kenichi Benitani ... sound
Toshio Nakano ... assistant sound
Tatsuo Tsukamoto ... assistant sound

Special Effects by

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Yoshio Kojima ... special effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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Kenji Ishikuro ... still photographer
Yasuo Iwaki ... gaffer / lighting technician
Tadahiro Kimura ... gaffer
Yûjirô Miura ... gaffer
Masayuki Okao ... gaffer

Script and Continuity Department

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Midori Kuwabara ... script supervisor

Other crew

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Yasuhiko Chiga ... dentistry
Yoshiyaka Hayakawa ... garden designer
Naomi Honjô ... cooking supervisor
Katsuyuki Katô ... unit publicist
Shinji Komiya ... production controller
Tsuguo Kuroda ... livestock glass
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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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Only time could change the cruelty of tradition ... only their Love could survive it ... See more »
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Also Known As
  • 楢山節考 (Japan, Japanese title)
  • The Ballad of Narayama (United States)
  • The Ballad of Narayama (World-wide, English title)
  • La ballade de Narayama (France)
  • La balada de Narayama (Spain)
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  • 130 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in C'est le coeur qui meurt en dernier (2017). See more »
Soundtracks Risuke no uta See more »

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