Narayama bushiko (Ballad of Narayama) (1958)
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Release Date: Jun 1, 1958 Wide
Average Rating: 4.2/5
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Adapted from a novel by Shichiro Fukazawa, The Ballad of Narayama is built around an ancient Japanese custom. Centuries ago, it was customary for the younger citizens of a remote Japanese mountain village to shepherd all those over the age of seventy to the snowy crags of Mt. Narayama. There the elders would be left to die from exposure and starvation--a fate they were expected to meet with stoic resignation. As the film observes, this custom was not universally accepted even in ancient times:
Jun 1, 1958 Wide
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Modern audiences may find it difficult to adjust to its laconic pace, but it is a stirring tale, full of dignity and sorrow, and worth checking out for sure.
a striking experimental mixture of Japanese folklore, theatrical traditions, and stunning camerawork
It is unquestionably one of the most beautiful films I have seen, every shot is designed, composed, lit and photographed to perfection.
Criticized by some as too conservative, this version, while less powerfully dramatic than Imamura's, nevertheless finds its own, different level of resonance.
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