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  1. Eriugena82's rating of the film Ballad of Narayama

    An excellently crafted re-telling of an old Japanese folk tale about the legendary practice of obasute. The film explores the human relationships within this practice, particularly between the main character Orin and her widower son. It was a very beautiful film, both in terms of the plot and the visuals. Despite the bleak subject it is extremely vibrant. I assume there was also an influence from Kabuki theatre.

  2. Mugino's rating of the film Ballad of Narayama

    Same rating as Imamura's adaptation 25 years later, yet the two couldn't be more different. Kinoshita opted to render Fukazawa's novel in the form of a traditional kabuki, the drama of the extraordinary. The tale of nature unfolds entirely within the artifice of the soundstage, leveraging tricks of the kabuki trade with breathtaking sleight of hand. How ethereal the mother-son bond, the more unreal the staging gets.

  3. Cinema Omnivore's rating of the film Ballad of Narayama

    8.1/10, my review: https://wp.me/p1eXom-3pR "Both versions of THE BALLAD OF NARAYAMA are unequivocally cinematic masterpieces with disparate modalities in their makings."

  4. Nachtreich's rating of the film Ballad of Narayama

    ☆☆☆ e mezzo. Ti amo.

  5. dionysus67's rating of the film Ballad of Narayama

    Sumptuously shot, entirely on studio, in regal color this filmic depiction of the savage ritual creates ample space for sympathy for the eldrerly woman's (major Tanaka performance) resignation and captures the tragic dilemma of the family and the community. The gorgeous lighting functions like a (Kabuki) distantiation effect, only to enhance the permeation of a magical experience from beginning to end. Stunning!

  6. FISCHER's rating of the film Ballad of Narayama

    Une oeuvre superbe, entièrement tournée en studio, selon les principes ancestraux du kabuki, avec une étonnante interprétation de Kinuyo Tanaka que nous préférons à la version de Shohei Imamura... www.cinefiches.com

  7. Stian Gledje Bekkvik's rating of the film Ballad of Narayama

  8. Aardsy's rating of the film Ballad of Narayama

    Secret trout-fishing spot.

  9. Lorna Singh's rating of the film Ballad of Narayama

    Highly theatrical but a moving story with a great performance by Kinuyo Tanaka. Filmed entirely in a studio.

  10. Lynch/Fellini's rating of the film Ballad of Narayama

    Keisuke Kinoshita's morality fable is as tragic as it is beautiful!

  11. Rose Sco's rating of the film Ballad of Narayama

    The 2011 restoration is stunning.

  12. Illusion Travels By Streetcar's rating of the film Ballad of Narayama

    "There's never been any proof of that tradition actually existing." http://illusionpodcast.blogspot.com/2015/10/episode-75-keisuke-kinoshita-in-living.html

  13. kartina obskura's rating of the film Ballad of Narayama

  14. Severus Snape's rating of the film Ballad of Narayama

    „što su drugo zubi do spoljni izraz unutrašnje gladi?“

  15. A47's rating of the film Ballad of Narayama

    Perhaps my favorite theatrical lighting design ever put to celluloid. A vivid hypnotizing nightmare which evolves into a deeply personal and touching tale of family dynamics. Uniquely constructed performances and striking action. With the heart of Kurosawa's Madadayo, subject matter akin to Ozu and a delivery similar to Kuroneko by Kindo, this film is a summation of all things bold in Japanese cinema. Blown away

  16. Mellow Dude's rating of the film Ballad of Narayama

  17. Scorpio Velvet's rating of the film Ballad of Narayama

    Gorgeous filmmaking in every way.

  18. T.J. Royal's rating of the film Ballad of Narayama

    As poignant and beautiful as the last 15 minutes were, I can't let go of the distraction the vocals became at certain points of the film. You don't drown out Kinuyo Tanaka's voice with moaning and wailing, regardless of the fidelity to the Japanese theatrical tradition.

  19. Algitya's rating of the film Ballad of Narayama

    Probably my 2nd 'moving art that moves' experience since Majewski's '' The Mill and The Cross''. Oh and it's Kabuki in film. 'nuff said

  20. AKFilmFan's rating of the film Ballad of Narayama

    Vibrant colors and kabuki-theatricality are in full display in this moving picture of a troubling and strict cultural custom.

  21. Daniel S.'s rating of the film Ballad of Narayama

    With a so gorgeous production design, the film could have been a Japanese fairy tale. It's not. The last scene atop Mount Narayama is one of the most moving I've seen in months. Masterpiece, no doubt.

  22. Matthew_Lucas's rating of the film Ballad of Narayama

    Keisuke Kinoshita's breathtaking tale of the Japanese legend of Obasute, in which village elders must be taken to die atop Mount Narayama when they reach the age of 70, is a haunting exploration of strict adherence to tradition and the neverending cycle of mortality. Staged in the tradition of Kabuki theatre, the film is shot completely on sound stages, as if it were a filmed play, finding beauty in artifice.

  23. Matt Reddick's rating of the film Ballad of Narayama

    The last act was particularly brilliant, where it became almost like a trance: You now know the inevitable is going to transpire and the music, lighting and set design are perfectly formed.