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  1. Ozu_Teapot's rating of the film The Ballad of Narayama

  2. Fabio Osvaldo Carta's rating of the film The Ballad of Narayama

  3. film_lies101's rating of the film The Ballad of Narayama

    Brutal, harsh, life is beautiful

  4. ermete polpette's rating of the film The Ballad of Narayama

  5. bagno's rating of the film The Ballad of Narayama

    documentario naturalistico sui serpenti

  6. Warren Spratley's rating of the film The Ballad of Narayama

    I don't have a firm enough grasp on the essence of what this film is doing to make any definitive comments, but this has to be Imamura's masterpiece, certainly the one which most transcends the clear-cut parameters of his thematic interests. The delicate but potent relationship between human & animal here becomes something else entirely in the face of eternity. We're very close to a spiritual epiphany by its closing.

  7. Ayinde Anderson's rating of the film The Ballad of Narayama

  8. ikkini's rating of the film The Ballad of Narayama

    Une superbe fable sur la mort !

  9. Bonnet Michel's rating of the film The Ballad of Narayama

    très beau film, la légende est dure. **2015

  10. Max Seqgar's rating of the film The Ballad of Narayama

    The anthropological class you never thought you needed to take on Japanese 1800's village life. Truly magical.

  11. Güven Şahinkanat's rating of the film The Ballad of Narayama

    I didn't watch old version . But this is really good movie with all of scary sides.

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

  13. Duncan Gray's rating of the film The Ballad of Narayama

    The promise of spirituality to transcend the violence and the filth. This was also a great subject of Mizoguchi's films in the 50s, but Imamura tackles it from a much more godless angle. This is a stunning vision of the world, spasming with brutality and animal urges, dark but ultimately not cheap or facile. The combination of beauty and ugliness in the final half hour is masterful—and indeed, transcendent.

  14. ruzica's rating of the film The Ballad of Narayama

    Brutal, but beautiful.

  15. J1mmyc5's rating of the film The Ballad of Narayama

    An absolutely beautiful, barbaric, humorous, sex-filled, bonkers masterpiece.

  16. José Neves's rating of the film The Ballad of Narayama

    cinematography by Shigeru Komatsubara.

  17. Zachary George Najarian-Najafi's rating of the film The Ballad of Narayama

    It's interesting, and has some amazing moments, but it's not as exciting as Imamura's other films. It lacks the visual pizazz of his earlier productions, and it's a bit uneven at times. Still, it was quite the experience. Especially the scene with Shiro.

  18. lauli's rating of the film The Ballad of Narayama

    Beauty, simplicity, rawness, humor, brutality, nature: all woven together into a delicate and intricate tapestry, topped by a wonderful score and astonishing cinematography. An absolute masterpiece!

  19. Mighty Quinn's rating of the film The Ballad of Narayama

    Beautiful cinematography, and an unsusal story about the survival instincts of a ancient Japanese village. Though sometimes what we see is brutal and irrational (selling children, burying thieving villagers alive), the characters never lose any of their humanity. A lesser director wouldn't have been able to pull off such a feat. The acting is great all around, but Sumiko Sakamoto as Old Orin is a standout.

  20. Espen Nomedal's rating of the film The Ballad of Narayama

    People and animals occupies the same space in many of Imamura's films. A small village community and surrounding wildlife are impressively depicted in comparison. In this brutal tale, natural elements are one with omnipresent spirituality. To my attention, films in these settings seems unimportant today, but they're not! What this legend inspires is to look beyond daily hardships and embrace life as it is; valuable.

  21. Silenzio's rating of the film The Ballad of Narayama

    Wonderful film, great use of nature and music. Based on this experience I will be hunting down Imamuras other films!

  22. Daniela's rating of the film The Ballad of Narayama

    The cuts to animals come across as humorous due to their lack of subtlety, but it's worth a watch overall. . . the obaachan is great, interesting portrayal of peasant "crassness"/human survival of the fittest . . . The music manipulation was interesting as well.

  23. M's rating of the film The Ballad of Narayama

  24. HHH's rating of the film The Ballad of Narayama

    Don't get your criticisms - such a good film imo

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