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Narayama bushiko

Keisuke Kinoshita Japan, 1958

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.