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Narayama bushiko

Keisuke Kinoshita Japan, 1958

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.