The Life Of Oharu 1952

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In 17th century Japan, Oharu (Kinuyo Tanaka) loses her honour when she is defiled by a samurai. Her father then forces her to become the mistress of a great lord. However, once she has provided a male heir, Oharu is thrown out of the palace and descends into a life of degradation and poverty.

Starring:
Toshiro Mifune, Kinuyo Tanaka
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Runtime 2 hours 11 minutes
Starring Toshiro Mifune, Kinuyo Tanaka
Director Kenji Mizoguchi
Genres Drama
Studio FUSION MEDIA
Rental release 26 April 2004
Main languages Japanese
Subtitles English

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Eriksson on 25 Sept. 2007
Format: DVD
One of the legendary director Kenji Mizoguchi's greatest masterpieces - which makes it one of the great masterworks of cinema proper - chronicles the tragedy of a woman consistently being pulled down the social ladder, from privilege to destitution, by her family (in various senses). Based on Ihara Saikaku's sensationalist 17th century novel about the life of a "voluptuous woman", this is a sublime work of art, perfectly melding a profound sense of human suffering, a detailed grasp of classical Japanese art, and a staggeringly modern sense of acuity, amidst all that weight of tradition, with the talent of one of the very greatest directors of all time. While this entry is not as famous as Ugetsu or Sansho dayu (to mention only a few other works by Mizoguchi), it is no less brilliant, no less perfect when it comes to achieving an empathic rendering of the human condition, both grounded in cultural and historical circumstances and impressively transcending them. The only thing to wish for is a more dedicated digital version, adorned with a deserving array of special features (just look at that US version of Ugetsu, such a wonderful labour of love). You'll want to watch this for the film itself, of course, if you seriously love cinema, but it certainly deserves a little more effort in its presentation as far as commercial issues are concerned.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By technoguy VINE VOICE on 19 Jun. 2009
Format: DVD
The chronicle of the life of a fallen woman,with great attention to detail of period(17th century). This film showed how a woman's life deteriorates if she's in a backward society.The feudal order depicted was a way of commenting on his own times.It brought to mind Bresson's 'Au Hasard Balthasar'( see how a donkey's life deteriorates as it passes to successive owners).It was a deeply religious film.Similarly 'O-Haru' is brilliantly realized and just as shocking especially when she's shown by a teacher to his students as an example of life's transcience-'a goblin cat'.She becomes an outcast,an exile as she is a mere part of each man's possessions in a hierarchical society.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Ryan on 20 Oct. 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Powerful and moving piece of cinema. Excellent performance by Kinuyo Tanaka. The transfer is good, it's worth buying.
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