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Ballad of Narayama

Based on the novel by Shichiro Fukazawa, and recounting an ancient Japanese custom whereby, in times of hardship, the young inhabitants of a remote village escort those over the age of 70 to the top of Mount Narayama where they would either starve or die of exposure, hopefully with a dignified resignation - but not necessarily. Combining Kabuki theatre style with cinematic techniques the great Keisuke Kinoshita has crafted an enduringly beautiful film. Remade by Shohei Imamura in 1983.

Year: 1958
Genre: Drama, Foreign Language Films, Classic Drama, Japanese Cinema, Based on..., Classic Cinema
Country: Japan
Director: Keisuke Kinoshita
Starring: Kinuyo Tanaka, Teiji Takahashi, Yuko Mochizuki, Danko Ichikawa, Keiko Ogasawara
Duration: 100 Minutes
Rating: G
Subtitles: Yes
8/10
Location in store: Foreign (Japan)

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