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Shôhei Imamura

The Ballad of Narayama (Narayama bushi-ko)

Edition 1983
130' - 1983 - Drama - Dialogue: Japanese
Director: Shôhei Imamura Composer: Shinichirô Ikebe With: Ken Ogata, Sumiko Sakamoto, Tonpei Hidari
In a small village in a valley everyone who reaches the age of 70 must leave the village and go to a certain mountain top to die. If anyone should refuse he or she would disgrace their family. Old Orin is 69. This winter it is her turn to go to the mountain. But first she must make sure that her eldest son Tatsuhei finds a wife.

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Shôhei Imamura


Shinichirô Ikebe


Ken Ogata, Sumiko Sakamoto, Tonpei Hidari

Director of Photography

Hiroshi Kanazawa, Shigeru Komatsubara, Masao Tochizawa


Toshihiko Kojima, Fusako Matsumoto, Hajime Okayasu, Yoshiko Onodera, Masahito Watanabe


Gorô Kusakabe, Jirô Tomoda

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Screenplay based on

"Narayama bushikō" (Shichirô Fukazawa)




Shôhei Imamura
Stolen Desire (1958), Nishi Ginza Station (1958), Endless Desire (1958), My Second Brother (1959), Pigs and Battleships (1961), The Insect Woman (1963), Intentions of Murder (1964), The Pornographers (1966), A Man Vanishes (1967), Profound Desires of the Gods (1968), History of Postwar Japan as Told by a Bar Hostess (1970), Karayuki-san, the Making of a Prostitute (1975), Vengeance Is Mine (1979), Why Not? (1981), The Ballad of Narayama (1983), Zegen (1987), Black Rain (1989), The Eel (1997), Dr. Akagi (1998), Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (2001), September 11 (2002)

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