Press Release: The Ballad Of Narayama (Masters of Cinema) DVD & Blu-ray
Released in the UK in a new Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD edition on 24 October 2011
Cinematic anthropologist extraordinaire Shōhei Imamura won his first Palme d’Or at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival for The Ballad of Narayama [Narayama bushikō], his transcendent adaptation of two classic stories by Shichirō Fukazawa.
In a small village in a remote valley where the harshness of life dictates that survival overrules compassion, elderly widow Orin is approaching her 70th birthday –– the age when village law says she must go up to the mythic Mount Narayama to die. But there are several loose ends within her own family to tie up first.
Creating a vividly realised inverse image of “civilised” society with typical directness and black humour, Imamura presents a bracingly unsentimental rumination on mortality and an engrossing study of a community’s struggles against the natural elements. Handled with a masterful control and simplicity, moving effortlessly between the comic and the horrific, The Ballad of Narayama is one of the legendary director’s deepest, richest works, and ranks among the finest films of its decade.
Starring famous Japanese actor, the late Ken Ogata (Vengeance is Mine), the Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present the film’s first UK home viewing release in a new Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD edition, released on 24 October 2011.
SPECIAL DUAL FORMAT EDITION FEATURES:
• New, restored high-definition transfer
• New and improved English subtitle translation
• Exclusive new video interview with scholar Tony Rayns
• Four original Japanese theatrical trailers, including behind-the-scenes footage
• PLUS: A lavish booklet featuring an interview with Shōhei Imamura, excerpts from the producer’s on-set diary, rare promotional material and stills, and
Label: Eureka Entertainment Ltd
Catalogue No: EKA70035 (RETAIL ONLY)
Release Date: 24 October 2011
Run Time: 130 min. approx.
Format: 1.85:1 OAR/ Colour
Genre: World Cinema
Director: Shōhei Imamura
Subtitles: English (Optional)