The Life of Oharu [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] 
- SKU: 21337006
- Release Date: 07/09/2013
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- New audio commentary for the opening of the movie by film scholar Dudley Andrew
- Mizoguchi's Art And The Demimonde, an illustrated audio essay featuring Andrew
- The Travels of Kinoyo Tanaka, a 2009 film by Koko Kajiyama documenting the actor's 1949 goodwill tour of the United States
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 happy ending, reuniting her with her royal son, is dashed by the much-maligned Oharu herself, who opts for the life of a beggar. Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi, a lifelong advocate of equitable treatment for Japanese women, Life of Oharu was adapted from a novel by Saikaku Ibara. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Cast & Crew
- Kinuyo Tanaka - Oharu
- Toshiro Mifune - Katsunosuke
- Ichiro Sugai - Shonzaemon, Oharu's Father
- Daisuke Kato - Tasaburo Hishiya
- Kikue Mori - Myokai, the Old Nun