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The Life of Oharu

Kenji Mizoguchi / JP, 1952 / 148 min.

Mizoguchi’s tale about an aging geisha who ends as a lonely beggar has little text but is full of poignant images. The Life of Oharu is a stylised tragedy about the plight of the ‘fallen woman’, a theme the filmmaker cared deeply about. This rarely screened masterpiece of Japanese cinema can now be seen in a 4K restoration.

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The Life of Oharu received a nomination for the Golden Lion at the Film Festival of Venice in 1952, a year after Akira Kurosawa”s Rashomon had been screened at the same festival.

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Director

Kenji Mizoguchi

Production year

1952

Country

JP

Original title

The Life of Oharu

Length

148 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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