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Romance Drama 19581h 38mOn: The Criterion Channel Tags: Adaptation Feel-good Country: Japan

In Kabuki style, the film tells the story of a remote mountain village where the scarcity of food leads to a voluntary but socially-enforced policy in which relatives carry 70-year-old family members up Narayama mountain to die. Granny Orin is approaching 70, content to embrace her fate. Her widowed son Tatsuhei cannot bear losing his mother, even as she arranges his marriage to a widow his age. Her grandson Kesa, who's girlfriend is pregnant, is selfishly happy to see Orin die. Around them, a family of thieves are dealt with severely, and an old man, past 70, whose son has cast him out, scrounges for food. Will Orin's loving and accepting spirit teach and ennoble her family?The Ballad of Narayama featuring Kinuyo Tanaka and Teiji Takahashi is streaming with subscription on The Criterion Channel, and available for rent or purchase on Prime Video. It's a drama and romance movie with a high IMDb audience rating of 7.8 (3,374 votes).

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Keisuke Kinoshita


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#21,153 Ranked Movie

#639 Ranked in Movies on The Criterion Channel

#845 Ranked in Feel-good Movies

#2576 Ranked in Romance Movies

The Ballad of Narayama has a high IMDb audience rating of 7.8 (3,374 votes). The movie is somewhat popular with Reelgood users lately.

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