The Life of Oharu (Saikaku ichidai onna)
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The Life of Oharu (Saikaku ichidai onna)
Life of Oharu features Kinuyo Tanaka in the title role. Oharu is a middle-aged prostitute in 17th century Japan. As she prays before a statue of Buddha, Oharu reviews her past. Her road to degradation began when, as a teenager, she disgraced her family by falling in love with a samurai (Toshiro Mifune). Oharu became the mistress of a prince, who cast her off after she bore his son. She was then sold into prostitution by her father, and thus began a catch-as-catch-can existence alternating between brief happiness with those she genuinely loved and servitude to those she despised. A potential… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Oharu can only endure, and the viewer must endure along with her."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"... brilliantly realized without moralizing."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's a devastating journey, and for Mizoguchi, a direct, blunt statement of purpose."
‑ Scott Tobias, The Dissolve
"The spiritually complete Life of Oharu represents the Holy Grail of Japanese cinema."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Though the film is wrenching like few others, this is only because it is also a masterpiece."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A beautiful, harrowing portrayal of female servitude and degradation in seventeenth century Japan."
‑ Anton Bitel, Movie Gazette
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