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Narayama-bushi kô

Shôhei Imamura Japonia, 1983

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.