The Ballad of Narayama
The Ballad of Narayama (1984)

In this second, award-winning interpretation of a novel by Shichiro Fukazawa, director Shohei Imamura has inserted some scenes of violence and ritual sex that are shocking and were absent in the first, 1958 film. The story is set in the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 10, 2008
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Imamura's rough sexual humor is still in evidence, but now it has taken on a dark tone: to make love is to flirt with death.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A masterpiece of the human condition...[but] below the very peak of Imamura's filmmaking powers.

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Zach Campbell
Slant Magazine

However you slice up postwar Japanese cinema, Shohei Imamura is one of its premiere figures.

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Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

in this hermetic world... Imamura captures a truly universal, all-encompassing experience, showing the transmission of virtues and vices from one generation to the next in the service of life's tenacious continuity.

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Don Willmott

a remarkable comedy/drama that lives up to that overused adjective: haunting

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Presents a wild, realistic and raw portrait of life in a small Japanese mountain village one hundred years ago

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Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

A good movie that could have been truly great

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Grippingly told tale.

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Jeremy Heilman

The Ballad of Naramaya is an indelible and transfixing poem of a movie that packs a substantial and complicated emotional punch.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
Shohei Imamura present a great tale, the struggle of a mother to accomplish all the necessity of your family, before her death. With the perfect direction, and… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"The Ballad of Narayama" is an earthy and heavily symbolic movie with a hint of the supernatural about a peasant village, barely… More
Saskia D.
This movie was a treat!! It has everything: humor, drama, great characters and a beautiful story. It's situated in a peasant village, where everybody has… More
Stella Dallas
the film recreates a remote mountain village in 19th century japan where famine is always lurking. it's a harsh world where infants are commonly discarded… More