The Ballad of Narayama (1983) [w/Commentary]

The Ballad of Narayama (1983) [w/Commentary]

The Ballad of Narayama (1983)
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Audio: Japanese (日本語) AC3 1.0 @ 96 Kbps + Commentary track | Subs: English
Genre: Drama | Director: Shôhei Imamura

Still strong at the age of 69, Orin (Sumiko Sakamoto) prepares herself for an inevitable yet frightening ritual. In her village, where food is scarce, life is harsh and people are desperate and cruel. Anyone who lives for 70 years is hauled to the mountaintop by their children and left to die in the dead of winter. Orin is prepared to accept her fate, but she also has one last, all-important task – she must find a suitable wife for her son, Tatsuhei (Ken Ogata).

IMDB - 9 wins

This is actually an extraordinarily beautiful film, if one has even the remotest understanding of Japanese culture around that time period. The harshness of life in Japan made the sort of society in which people went to "be with their loved-ones" and "be with the God of the Mountain" at age 70 completely necessary. The focus of the film is the struggle for survival, and more than that, prospering, in the harsh environment of c. XIX Tohoku. The exploration of this topic takes the viewer into a study of survival through strict rules, and prospering through sexual relationships. The scenes of sexual intercourse serve to portray that even in sexual situations, the Japanese as a people have never viewed nature and animals as separate from ourselves.
The Ballad of Narayama (1983) [w/Commentary]

Audio Commentary by critic, author, filmmaker and independent scholar specialising in Japanese cinema Jasper Sharp