The Ballad of Narayama

March 3, 2023
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Friday, March 3, 7 pm ET

Imported 35mm Print! This haunting, kabuki-inflected version of a Japanese folk legend is set in a remote mountain village where food is scarce and tradition dictates that citizens who have reached their 70th year must be carried to the summit of Mount Narayama and left there to die. The sacrificial elder at the center of the tale is Orin (Kinuyo Tanaka), a dignified and dutiful woman who spends her dwindling days securing the happiness of her loyal widowed son with a respectable new wife. Filmed almost entirely on cunningly designed studio sets, in brilliant color and widescreen, The Ballad of Narayama is a stylish and vividly formal work from Japan’s cinematic golden age, directed by the dynamic Keisuke Kinoshita. (Janus Films)

35mm Print Courtesy of The Japan Foundation

Dir. Keisuke Kinoshita, 1958, 98 min, 35mm, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. With Kinuyo Tanaka, Teiji Takahashi, Yuko Mochizuki.

Image: © 1958 Shochiku.

Japan Society programs are made possible by leadership support from Booth Ferris Foundation and Shiseido Americas. Film programs are generously supported by ORIX Corporation USA, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and endowment support from the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund. Additional season support is provided by The Globus Family, David Toberisky, Akiko Koide and Shohei Koide, Geoff and Fumi Matters, Laurel Gonsalves, and David S. Howe. Transportation assistance is provided by Japan Airlines, the exclusive Japanese airline sponsor of Japan Society Film.

  • Friday, March 3, 2023
  • 7:00 pm
  • In-Person Event
  • Reserved Tickets
  • $15 General Admission
  • $5 Members
  • $12 Senior & Student
  • $5 Person with Disability