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THE BALLAD OF NARAYAMA
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NARAYAMA BUSHI KO

(THE BALLAD OF NARAYAMA)

Directed by : Keisuke KINOSHITA

Year of production : 1958 Country : JAPAN Length : 98 minutes

Synopsis

A joruri narrator clad in raven black introduces us to Narayama Bushiko as heavy curtains reveal the backdrop of a tribal village. In the kabuki tradition, the samisen ballad speaks of a kind elderly woman, Orin, who is contemplating her ascent to Mount Narayama. This most stylized work by Kinoshita is also his most dramatically theatrical, replete with meticulously designed soundstages and dramatic lighting. A haunting allegory that shows the conflict between filial duty, tradition and social pressure, the same story was remade by Imamura Shohei decades later, but the original remains a startling, culturally resonant magnum opus.

Credits

Keisuke KINOSHITA - Director

Keisuke KINOSHITA - Script / Dialogue

Hiroshi KUSUDA - Cinematography

Matsunosuke NOZAWA - Music

Rokuzaemon KINEYA - Music

Hisao OHNO - Sound

Yoshi SUGIHARA - Film Editor

Kisaku ITO - Set decorator

Casting

Teiji TAKAHASHI - Tatshuhei, the son

Danko ICHIKAWA - Kesakichi

Yuko MOCHIZUKI - Tama-yan

Kinuyo TANAKA - Orin

Film's poster © DR

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Contacts

Production

SHOCHIKU CO., LTD - 13th Floor 4-1-1 Tsukiji, Togeki Bldg. 13th Floor 104-8422 TOKYO JAPAN - T: 81 355501623 - ibd@shochiku.co.jp - www.shochikufilms.com


Distribution

MK2 INTERNATIONAL SALES - T: 33 (0)1 44 67 30 00 - www,mk2.com


International sales

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