Qty:1
  • Was: $27.99
  • You Save: $1.80 (6%)
& FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details
Only 14 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
The Life of Oharu (Criter... has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details
Condition: Used: Like New
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

The Life of Oharu (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

4.6 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

Additional Multi-Format options Edition Discs
Price
New from Used from
Multi-Format
(Jul 09, 2013)
"Please retry"
The Criterion Collection
1
$26.19
$22.20 $18.27

Unlimited Streaming with Amazon Prime
Unlimited Streaming with Amazon Prime Start your 30-day free trial to stream thousands of movies & TV shows included with Prime. Start your free trial
$26.19 & FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details Only 14 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • The Life of Oharu (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
  • +
  • Sansho the Bailiff (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
  • +
  • Harakiri (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
Total price: $79.47
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

A peerless chronicler of the soul who specialized in supremely emotional, visually exquisite films about the circumstances of women in Japanese society throughout its history, Kenji Mizoguchi (Ugetsu) had already been directing movies for decades when he made THE LIFE OF OHARU in 1952. But this epic portrait of an inexorable fall from grace, starring the incredibly talented Kinuyo Tanaka (The Ballad of Narayama) as an imperial lady-in-waiting who gradually descends to street prostitution, was the movie that gained its director international attention, ushering in a new golden period for him.

Special Features

  • New high-definition digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural
  • Introductory commentary by scholar Dudley Andrew
  • Mizoguchi's Art and the Demimonde, an illustrated audio essay
  • Kinuyo Tanaka's New Departure, a 2009 film by Koko Kajiyama
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Gilberto Perez

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Toshiro Mifune, Kinuyo Tanaka
    • Directors: Kenji Mizoguchi
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: Japanese
    • Subtitles: English
    • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated:
      NR
      Not Rated
    • Studio: Criterion Collection
    • DVD Release Date: July 9, 2013
    • Run Time: 137 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B00CEIOH8C
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,603 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "The Life of Oharu (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

    Customer Reviews

    Top Customer Reviews

    By Luc REYNAERT on June 27, 2013
    Format: Blu-ray
    'Life of O Haru' is a very characteristic movie for Kenji Mizoguchi with its theme of forbidden love, its criticism of social conventions and its realistic and incisive description of the fate of women, the behavior of males and the effect of being sincere in a society, here a feudal one.

    In this feudal society, love (sexual intercourse) between a member of the nobility and a commoner is a transgression of the barrier between the social classes. When it is discovered, like in this movie, it is disastrous for the lover, the girl and her family. A real nightmare begins for the girl O Haru. Her beauty and sincerity are exploited to the bone, by brothel keepers, by those who need a male heir to ensure the continuation of the political and social power of a clan or by males (also a member of her family) in a position of 'strength '.

    The choice of the scenes, of which some are extremely painful, and the angles of the shots illustrate masterfully the balance of power in a society run by absolute power (the shogun), a world without feelings and mercy. As always with K. Mizoguchi, his direction of the actors is admirable; not one false note.
    This movie is a true masterpiece. A must see.
    Comment 33 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
    Thank you for your feedback.
    Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
    Report abuse
    Format: Blu-ray
    During the 1990's, both my parents took a whirlwind tour throughout the Far East. When they returned, I asked them what they thought of Japan. My dad adored the country...but my mother told me this was her least favorite destination. "Why?" I inquired. My mother responded that Japan was the most patriarchal culture of all the ones she visited...and she certainly deplored any (mis)treatment of women as second class citizens.

    The director Kenji Mizoguzhi obviously shared my mom's sentiments...and this theme permeates most of his films. In thinking about the director's life, he was deeply disturbed that due to failing finances, his sister was literally sold to be a geisha...yet she helped him greatly in his early career - sacrificing herself for a male of the family. And he never allowed himself to forget that moral debt.

    Now to the film itself. Except for the framing sequence, Oharu starts her adult life as a valuable court attendant for the Imperial Court. Alas, she allows herself to be seduced by a man of lower class and even falls for him. This relationship violates feudal standards so much that it triggers a disturbing future of humiliations, one after another....from being a concubine forced to bear a child for a lord and then discarded, to becoming a high priced courtesan, and (near the end of the film) to becoming an aging street walker begging for clients. One of her unhappy fates is to be rewarded with a glimpse of her son ascending - who is a powerful lord - yet be prevented from meeting him. The hidden subtext of sex is common throughout the series of vignettes...since it is sex that starts the downward spiral.
    Read more ›
    Comment 24 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
    Thank you for your feedback.
    Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
    Report abuse
    Format: Blu-ray
    Mizoguchi directed many amazing films. Luckily Criterion has been able to acquire the distribution rights to several of his films. Life of Oharu has previously been widely unavailable except from certain 'ahem' boderline DVD distributors. The previous releases suffered from terrible transfer which looked like a VHS to DVD machine was used.

    Gladly Criterion has brought their usual restoration quality to this gem. The picture quality on both the DVD and Blu-Ray is amazing. The Blu-Ray version was the first version I watched (thanks to my local library picking up pretty much every Criterion release).

    This version also contains several extras: commentary, Mizoguchi's Art and the Demimonde: an illustrated audio essay, Kinuyo Tanaka's New Departure - a 2009 film by Koko Kajiyama and a booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Gilberto Perez. The extras are not quite as eye popping as the horde of extras with Ugetsu, but I can't really complain.

    This film, like many Mizoguchi films, deals with the theme of a 'fallen woman'. Like several previous films, the main female character embarks on a forbidden romance. After said romance comes into the open, bad things happen. But what makes this film so much more is that Oharu continually tries to redeem herself, but her shady past always seems to creep up on her. The viewer understands that Oharu's initial romance, while considered heinous at the time, is not one that is out of place in modern society. The initial, ill-fated romance is obvious to the viewer, and though know it will end in tragedy, we cannot help but be sad for Oharu. We also cannot help but feel compassion for her throughout the film. This human aspect of the film is what draws us in.
    Read more ›
    Comment 11 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
    Thank you for your feedback.
    Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
    Report abuse
    Format: DVD Verified Purchase
    Those with knowledge and appreciation of Japanese history and the place in society of Japanese women will be touched by this masterful film. It traces the descent of a high born woman who has just enough courage to resist total submission to the system; an affair with a lower ranking samurai marks her decline; further misadventures and defiance of harsh authority ends with her choice of life as a prostitute. A beautiful and subtle condemnation of the society of those times.
    Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
    Thank you for your feedback.
    Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
    Report abuse

    Most Recent Customer Reviews


    Forums

    Set up an Amazon Giveaway

    The Life of Oharu (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
    Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
    This item: The Life of Oharu (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]


    What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

    Customers Also Watched on Amazon Video