Ballad of Narayama

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A 69-year-old Japanese widow (Kinuyo Tanaka) settles her life and then, by custom, climbs a mountain to die.

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Yûko Mochizuki
Tamayan
Masaharu Kokaji
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Ryuzo Otani
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Hiroshi Kusuda
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Critic Reviews for Narayama bushiko (Ballad of Narayama)

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Audience Reviews for Narayama bushiko (Ballad of Narayama)

  • Jun 13, 2014
    Wow, that was horrible. Can't believe I actually sat through it. Good, but horrible. Although, truthfully I can think of a few 70+ people I know who could do with going up that mountain!
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 28, 2011
    A brilliant and methodically made and enacted Japanese classic. This was also the last of the "Great Films" in the great Roger Ebert's film reviews section. The film is one of sadness and the ending of life, an era that will lead to new beginnings hopefully. I believe it will, like the film portrays, mean the Mr Ebert is in a better place now.
    Chris B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 08, 2008
    finally caught up with the original version of this and it's much different than imamura's stylistically but at least equally worth watching. staged very formally like a kabuki play with obviously fake backdrops and dramatic scene changes, it seems a more appropriate treatment for the legendary subject matter. mizoguchi's long time muse, kinuyo tanaka plays the still hearty elderly mother resigned to her fate
    Stella D Super Reviewer

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