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The Village (1975)

Harakara (original title)
A quasi-docu-drama pertaining to the monumental process to bring a performance troupe to a small Japanese village to perform for one night.

Director:

Yôji Yamada
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Cast

Cast overview:
Chieko Baishô Chieko Baishô
Akira Terao Akira Terao
Atom Shimojô Atom Shimojô ... (as Atomu Shimojô)
Kiyoshi Atsumi Kiyoshi Atsumi
Hisashi Igawa
Masami Shimojô
Chieko Misaki Chieko Misaki
Tokuko Sugiyama Tokuko Sugiyama
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A quasi-docu-drama pertaining to the monumental process to bring a performance troupe to a small Japanese village to perform for one night.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

12 April 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Village See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Character study beautifully acted
6 August 2005 | by film-189See all my reviews

Having watched Yamada Yoji's classic Home from the sea, I was keen to find more from this great director. YesAsia had a Hong Kong version box set of some of his films. The Village was included in this set. Searching IMDb I was amazed this film hasn't yet been discussed. The story is about a remote Japanese village who are offered the chance for a touring troupe to visit and perform. It's up to the local youth group, led by Takashi, a reluctant farmer to decide if it's worth having the troupe perform (it's expensive to put the show on!). The film has a documentary feel to it in the style of Altman's Nashville. The Village is wonderfully acted and despite being over 2 hours long is totally absorbing. The true message of the film is revealed at the end with wonderful edited sequences. If you like Twighlight Samurai, it's well worth seeking out some of Yamada Yoji's earlier work.


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