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The Life of Oharu [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1952]

Release Date:07/09/2013
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    Special Features

    • 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


    The Life of Oharu
    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
      Kinuyo Tanaka - Oharu
    • Toshiro Mifune
      Toshiro Mifune - Katsunosuke
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      Ichiro Sugai - Shonzaemon, Oharu's Father
    • Daisuke Kato
      Daisuke Kato - Tasaburo Hishiya
    • Kikue Mori
      Kikue Mori - Myokai, the Old Nun

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