The Ballad of Narayama (1958) (Narayama bushiko)
Dir: Kinoshita Keisuke
Japan, 1958, 98min, DCP
Cast: Tanaka Kinuyo, Takahashi Teiji, Mochizuki Yuko
Imamura Shohei’s better-known and prize-winning 1983 vision of The Ballad of Narayama engages us with the intensity of its human dramas in counterpoint to the natural world around it. By contrast, Kinoshita Keisuke’s earlier interpretation of this story creates a completely different world, shaped by the director’s absolute control of a stylized soundstage, its colors, music and actions before its dramatic shift to the mountain landscape where old people are left to die. The film evoked the ambience of Kabuki with theatrical movement, music and color, yet Kinoshita juxtaposes his tightly controlled initial exposition to a wilder, emotive natural scenario where the inevitable ending transpires. Here, Orin (Tanaka Kinuyo), who binds the designed world of theater and naturalistic vision of cinema in a powerful, human experience is not to be missed.
1959 #1 in Kinema Junpo’s Top 10
1959 Kinema Junpo Awards, Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress
2.9.2018(SUN): Post-screening talk with Long Tin
Full House 02/09/2018 (Sun)
Full House 06/10/2018 (Sat)
- Hong Kong Arts Centre Louis Koo Cinema (Venue)
- HK Science Museum Lecture Hall (Venue)
- Hong Kong Film Archive (Venue)
- The Metroplex (Venue)
- Festival Grand Cinema (Venue)
- the sky (Venue)
- MCL Telford Cinema (Venue)
- Tai Kwun (Venue)
- MOViE MOViE (Venue)
- Chinese Subtitles
- Category III
- Post-screening discussion with the director
- Director and/or actor(s) will meet the audience
- Post-screening talk
- Full House
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