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The ballad of narayama

The Ballad of Narayama

Shohei Imamura / JP, 1983 / 130 min.

Ancient traditions are honoured in a mountain village in the north of Japan. Elderly villagers who reach the age of 70 are taken by their children to the top of a mountain and are left there to die. Shohei Imamura’s tale about the energetic Orin who prepares for his death won the Golden Palm at Cannes in 1983.

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Director

Shohei Imamura

Production year

1983

Country

JP

Original title

The Ballad of Narayama

Length

130 min.

Language

Japanese

Subtitles

ENG

Format

DCP

Part of

Japan Restored

The golden years of Japanese cinema, the 1950s, are brought to life in a programme featuring brand new 4K restorations of seven classics in an international tour organised by The Japan Foundation.

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