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La vida de Oharu
Saikaku ichidai onna
Winner of the International Award at the Venice Film Festival and considered to be the most important of all the collaborations between Kenji Mizoguchi and his longtime actress Kinuyo Tanaka, The Life of Oharu is the paradigm of tragic realism, the filmmaker’s very own narrative which he perfected throughout his entire career. The path of Oharu, the magnetic and unhappy main character of one of the great works of Japanese cinema, starts with an unrequited love—her secret relationship with a servant, forbidden for a courtesan like her, has her banished from her native Kyoto. This crucial moment seems to determine her fate, as though it were a curse she will have to bear until the end of her life. With his trademark virtuosity, Mizoguchi shapes a world of constant oppression in order to expose the abuses of society and its most sacred institutions.
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.
Kenji Mizoguchi was born in Tokyo in 1898. He is considered to be one of the most remarkable directors in film history. He has directed such classics as The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (1939), Sansho the Bailiff (1954) and The Crucified Lovers (1954). He died in Kyoto, Japan, in 1956