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THE BALLAD OF NARAYAMA
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NARAYAMA BUSHIKOU

(THE BALLAD OF NARAYAMA)

Directed by : Shôhei IMAMURA

Year of production : 1983 Country : JAPAN Length : 133 minutes

Synopsis

Director Shohei Imamura has produced a number of well-known and newsworthy films with a vitality-filled touch that pierces the humanity lurking deep within the Japanese heart. This film, a joint production by Toei and his own Imamura Productions, is a drama of the soul that seeks the essence of universal human themes: life and death, parent and children relationships.
Based on a masterpiece by Shichiro Fukazawa, and set in a poor village deep in the Shinshu mountain range, the film tells the story of a son who must carry his mother on his back after she turns 70 and abandon her near the summit of Mount Narayama on a snowy day in accordance with the local laws -- a bloodcurdling tale of how people face their death as they live with such gruesome local customs.

Credits

Shôhei IMAMURA - Director

Shôhei IMAMURA - Script / Dialogue

Casting

Ken OGATA - Tatsuhei

Sumiko SAKAMOTO - Orin

Contacts

Production

TOEI COMPANY, LTD. - 2-17, 3-Chome, Ginza, Chuo-ku 104-8108 TOKYO JAPAN - T: 335357621 - international@toei.co.jp - http://www.toei.co.jp

International sales

TOEI COMPANY, LTD. - T: 335357621 - http://www.toei.co.jp

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NARAYAMA BUSHIKOU

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