The Life of Oharu (Saikaku ichidai onna) (1952)
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Release Date: Apr 3, 1952 Wide
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Life of Oharu features Kinuyo Tanaka in the title role. Oharu is a middle-aged prostitute in 17th century Japan. As she prays before a statue of Buddha, Oharu reviews her past. Her road to degradation began when, as a teenager, she disgraced her family by falling in love with a samurai (Toshiro Mifune). Oharu became the mistress of a prince, who cast her off after she bore his son. She was then sold into prostitution by her father, and thus began a catch-as-catch-can existence alternating
Apr 3, 1952 Wide
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It's a devastating journey, and for Mizoguchi, a direct, blunt statement of purpose.
Though the film is wrenching like few others, this is only because it is also a masterpiece.
The spiritually complete Life of Oharu represents the Holy Grail of Japanese cinema.
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