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74 Ratings

Ballad of Orin

Hanare goze Orin

Directed by Masahiro Shinoda
Japan, 1977


Shima Iwashita portrays the title character, a blind traveling musician whom is expected to remain celibate. Raped, she is expelled from her group and ultimately meets a young man who is opposed to Japanese militarism.

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Ballad of Orin Directed by Masahiro Shinoda

Awards & Festivals

Kinema Junpo Awards

1978 | Winner: Best Actress

Asia-Pacific Film Festival

1977 | Winner: Best Director

Awards of the Japanese Academy

1978 | 2 wins including: Best Actress

1978 | 5 nominations including: Best Film

Critics reviews

Beautiful and sad, with gorgeous location photography from all over Japan by Miyagawa and another fabulous Takemitsu score, it harkens back to some of the best woman-centric film stories of Japan’s cinematic history, and compares favorably with the best works of Mizoguchi and Naruse.
February 24, 2017
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