The Ballad Of Narayama
Independent Films, Film Profiles
The film is set in a small rural village in Japan in the 19th century. According to tradition, once a person reaches the age of 70 he or she must travel to a remote mountain to die of starvation, a practice known as Ubasuteyama. The story concerns Orin, who is 69 and of sound health, but notes that a neighbor had to drag his father to the mountain, so she resolves to avoid clinging to life beyond her term. She spends a year arranging all the affairs of her family and village: she severely punishes a family who are hoarding food, and helps her younger son lose his virginity.
Year of Production: 1983
- Shohei Imamura
- Ken Ogata, Sumiko Sakamoto, Takejo Aki, Seiji Kurasaki, Junko Takada