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7 Ratings

The Village


Directed by Yôji Yamada
Japan, 1975


Kawano Shuko and the staff of Tokyo’s Union Theatre have come to Matsuo Village in Iwate Province hoping to join hands with the local youth association to put on a musical.

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The Village Directed by Yôji Yamada

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  • Karl J. Kipling's rating of the film The Village

    Yamada's films are always a little sappy, but the sap overflows here. Everyone's so nice you want to scream. The picture of the countryside as where life's pure & clean, coupled with the repeat appearance of folksy Japanese "Be it e-ver so 'um-ble"-type tunes make me wonder if this wasn't government sponsored, the day's country populace fleeing too thickly to the cities. Stay home, farmers! Else who's gonna feed us?