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The Ballad of Narayama

Criterion Collection

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3.9 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

This haunting, kabuki-inflected version of a Japanese folk legend is set in a remote mountain village, where food is scarce and tradition dictates that citizens who have reached their seventieth year must be carried to the summit of Mount Narayama and left there to die. The sacrificial elder at the center of the tale is Orin (Ugetsu’s Kinuyo Tanaka), a dignified and dutiful woman who spends her dwindling days securing the happiness of her loyal widowed son with a respectable new wife. Filmed almost entirely on cunningly designed studio sets, in brilliant color and widescreen, The Ballad of Narayama is a stylish and vividly formal work from Japan’s cinematic golden age, directed by the dynamic Keisuke Kinoshita (Twenty-four Eyes).


Special features

  • New 4K digital master from the 2011 restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Trailer and teaser
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Philip Kemp

  • Product details

    • Actors: Kinuyo Tanaka, Teiji Takahashi, Yuko Mochizuki, Danko Ichikawa, Keiko Ogasawara
    • Directors: Keisuke Kinoshita
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
    • Language: Japanese
    • Subtitles: English
    • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated:
      NR
      Not Rated
    • Studio: Criterion Collection
    • DVD Release Date: February 5, 2013
    • Run Time: 98 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
    • ASIN: B00A8QDHZG
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,275 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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