What are some great Japanese ballads

The ballad of Narayama - Imamura

Peaceful life and death are a central theme in this masterpiece by the Japanese Shohei Imamura, a literary film adaptation based on a text by Shichiro Fukazawa published in 1956, located in the mountainous region of Narayama. In a small mountain village on the edge of a valley, everyone who has turned seventy has to leave the commune and climb a certain mountain to die. Anyone who should defy tradition brings bad luck to their own family.

Old Orin is 69 years old and will be climbing the mountain this winter. But first she still has to make sure that her eldest son Tatsuhei finally finds a wife. With the ballad of Narayama, Shohei Imamura created his most beautiful film, a moving story about primal questions of being, staged in a fantastically beautiful Japanese mountain landscape and in a nature of which people are an integral part. Coming and going belong to this nature, and this is what the film is about; between the two poles existence develops. This magnificent work, which has received multiple awards, is one of the key moments in Japanese cinema and one of the most beautiful literary adaptations in film history.

"The award-winning work, full of sensuality and compassion, paints an epic picture of the hard life in a village mountain community, whose life is subject to the rhythm of nature."
Rolf Niederer, NZZ


trigon-film dvd-edition 60
Restored version
language OV Japanese subtitle deutsch, fran├žais, english, italiano
Duration 130 min. Image format 1: 1.85 - 16/9 LB, PAL, color volume DD 2.0 FSK 16 country code All Regions