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THE LIFE OF OHARU Blu Ray

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A LONG UNAVAILABLE MASTERPIECE OF JAPANESE CINEMA, IN A NEW RESTORATION A peerless chronicler of the soul who specialized in supremely emotional, visually exquisite films about the circumstances of women in Japanese society throughout its history, KENJI MIZOGUCHI (Ugetsu) had already been directing movies for decades when he made The Life of Oharu in 1952. But this epic portrait of an inexorable fall from grace, starring the incredibly talented KINUYO TANAKA (The Ballad of Narayama) as an imperial lady-in-waiting who gradually descends to street prostitution, was the movie that gained its Director international attention, ushering in a new golden period for him. SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES: New high-definition digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack Introductory commentary by scholar Dudley Andrew Mizoguchi's Art and the Demimonde, an illustrated audio essay featuring Andrew Kinuyo Tanaka's New Departure, a 2009 film by Koko Kajiyama documenting the actor's 1949 goodwill tour of the United States New English subtitle translation PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Gilberto Perez

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  • 17 April 2017
  • Kinuyo Tanaka
  • Blu Ray
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • PG
  • 137 minutes

Kenji Mizoguchi directs this Japanese drama starring Kinuyo Tanaka. In 17th century Japan, lady-in-waiting Oharu (Tanaka) loses her honour when she falls in love with a man who is of a lower class than her. When Oharu's father finds out, he exiles her and forces her into a life of degradation and poverty. The cast includes ToshirĂ´ Mifune, Ichiro Sugai and Sadako Sawamura.

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