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Survivor Ballads: Three Films by Shohei Imamura Blu-ray
Survivor Ballads: Three Films by Shohei Imamura

Survivor Ballads: Three Films by Shohei Imamura

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Three-disc set includes:

The Ballad Of Narayama (1983)

In a small 19th-century Japanese village, residents who reach the age of 70 are banished to the top of Mt. Narayama to die so that they don’t become a burden to their village. Resigned to her fate, a 69-year-old woman (Sumiko Sakamoto) attempts to find a wife for her son before she has to leave her loved ones behind. Shohei Imamura’s acclaimed dramatic adaptation of Shichiro Fukazawa’s novella co-stars Ken Ogata, Aki Takejo. 130 min. In Japanese with English subtitles. C/Rtg: NR

Zegen (1987)

Penniless in early 20th-century Hong Kong, expatriate Iheiji Muraoka (Ken Ogata) was all too willing to spy for the homeland in China...and he'd manage to parlay the earning and connections he'd gained into a string of successful brothels--catering to the Japanese military--across Southeast Asia. Shohei Imamura's fact-based satirical swipe at historical colonialism and expansionism also stars Mitsuko Baishô, Chun-Hsiung Ko, Norihei Miki. 124 min. In Japanese with English subtitles. C/Rtg: NR

Black Rain (1989)

Five years after the bombing of Hiroshima, a young woman (Yoshiko Tanaka) and her uncle and aunt guardians (Kazuo Kitamura, Etsuko Ichihara) are steeped in the trials facing the survivor community, from her repeated rejections as a marriageable prospect to the ever-mounting numbers succumbing to radiation sickness. Shohei Imamura's graphic and powerful adaptation of the Ibuse Masuji novel also stars Keisuke Ishida, Shoichi Ozawa. 123 min. In Japanese with English subtitles. BW/Rtg: NR

Widescreen; Soundtrack: Japanese PCM mono; Subtitles: English; audio commentary; featurettes; alternate color ending to "Black Rain"; image galleries; theatrical trailers; more.

Title: Survivor Ballads: Three Films by Shohei Imamura
Genre: Drama, Foreign-Japanese
Director: Shohei Imamura
Studio: Arrow Video
Number of Discs: 3
Attributes: Subtitled
Release Date: 12/8/2020
Original Year: 1989
Product Type: Blu-ray
UPC: 760137409380
Item #: 2342541X

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