Cinematic anthropologist extraordinaire Shohei Imamura won his first Palme d'Or at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival for The Ballad of Narayama
], his transcendent adaptation of two classic stories by Shichiro Fukazawa.
In a small village in a remote valley where the harshness of life dictates that survival overrules compassion, elderly widow Orin is approaching her 70th birthday - the age when village law says she must go up to the mythic Mount Narayama to die. But there are several loose ends within her own family to tie up first.
Creating a vividly realised inverse image of 'civilised' society with typical directness and black humour, Imamura presents a bracingly unsentimental rumination on mortality and an engrossing study of a community's struggles against the natural elements. Handled with a masterful control and simplicity, moving effortlessly between the comic and the horrific, The Ballad of Narayama
is one of the legendary director's deepest, richest works, and ranks among the finest films of its decade. SPECIAL DUAL FORMAT EDITION FEATURES:
- New, restored high-definition transfer
- New and improved English subtitle translation
- Exclusive new video interview with scholar Tony Rayns
- Four original Japanese theatrical trailers, including behind-the-scenes footage
- PLUS: A lavish booklet featuring an interview with Sh hei Imamura, excerpts from the producer's on-set diary, rare promotional material and stills, and more!
United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: Japanese ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Japanese ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the scenes, Blu-Ray & DVD Combo, Booklet, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Production Notes, Remastered, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: 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 ubasute. 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. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, ...Ballad of Narayama ( Narayama bushiko ) (Blu-Ray & DVD Combo) (Blu-Ray)