La vida de Oharu

Saikaku ichidai onna

Kenji Mizoguchi
Kinuyo Tanaka Retrospective
Duration: 148 min.
Country: Japón
Language: Japonés
Year: 1952
Free screening
Friday 4th, 15:00 hs., Teatro Colón (Sala Teatro Colón)
Free screening
Sunday 6th, 10:00 hs., Teatro Colón (Sala Teatro Colón)

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

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

Data Sheet:

G: Saikaku Ihara, Kenji Mizoguchi, Yoshikata Yoda
F: Yoshimi Hirano
E: Toshio Gotô
M: Ichirô Saitô
P: Eisei Koi, Kenji Mizoguchi, Isamu Yoshii
I: Kinuyo Tanaka, Tsukie Matsuura, Ichirô Sugai, Toshirô Mifune, Toshiaki Konoe


Centro Cultural e Informativo de la Embajada del Japón en Argentina