Narayama bushiko (Ballad of Narayama) (1958)
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Critic Reviews for Narayama bushiko (Ballad of Narayama)
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.
Audience Reviews for Narayama bushiko (Ballad of Narayama)
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!
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.
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
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