Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
Writer: Kenji Mizoguchi, Yoshikata Yoda (screenplay), Saikaku Ihara (novel)
Cast: Kinuyo Tanaka, Toshiro Mifune
Running time: 137 mins
1952 Venice Film Festival
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What’s the story: In 17th century Japan, noblewoman Oharu is exiled from Kyoto for the crime of loving someone belonging to a lower caste, beginning a lifelong struggle against misfortune.
What’s the verdict: Winner of the International Award at 1952’s Venice Film Festival, The Life of Oharu proved Japanese cinema did not start and stop with Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon, grand prize winner at Venice a year before.
Where Rashomon was kinetic and visceral, The Life of Oharu was c...Read More