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La balada de Narayama
The word ubasute refers to a practice that, according to popular belief, used to take place during hunger seasons in old Japan, and which consisted in abandoning the town’s elderly on the top of mountains so they died alone. The journey towards the summits had to be made alongside their children; it was considered an act of bravery and celebration for those who turned 70. Ballad of Narayama appropriates this millenary custom to tell the story of Orin (a touching Kinuyo Tanaka) who, at 69, hasn’t been able to put her life in order, and thus, is not ready to leave and face her tragic end. With resources that would be considered modern even today and a constant dialogue with theater, Keisuke Kinoshita builds a story that explores a town obsessed with the consequences of the passing of time and its relationship with death.
This retrospective has been made possible thanks to a collaboration of the Cultural and Informational Center of the Japanese Embassy, the Japan Foundation and the Lugones Theater of the Buenos Aires Theater Complex.
Keisuke Kinoshita was born in Hamamatsu, Japan, in 1912. He is known not only for his work, but also for being the mentor filmmakers like Masaki Kobayashi. His filmography includes such films as Carmen Comes Home (1951, the first Japanese film in color) and The Garden of Women (1954). He died in 1998.
G: Shichirô Fukazawa, Keisuke Kinoshita
F: Hiroshi Kusuda
E: Yoshi Sugihara
DA: Chiyoo Umeda
M: Chûji Kinoshita, Matsunosuke Nozawa
P: Masaharu Kokaji, Ryuzo Otani
I: Kinuyo Tanaka, Teiji Takahashi, Yûko Mochizuki, Danko Ichikawa, Seiji Miyaguchi
Centro Cultural e Informativo de la Embajada del Japón en Argentina