"The Ballad of Narayama"
Directed by Shohei Imamura
Winner of the Grand
Prize at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival, The Ballad of Narayama is
based on one of
the most astonishing of all Japanese legends. A century ago in a remote mountain village,
local custom dictated that when a person reached 70 years of age, he was taken to Mount
Narayama to die. A brilliant film from director Imamura that delivers a vigorous and
beautiful affirmation of family, life and death. "A masterpiece of Japanese Cinema to
stand beside Ugetsu, Tokyo Story, or The Seven Samurai" (M. Wilmington LA
Weekly). Japanese with English subtitles.