Cover image for The life of Oharu
Title:
The life of Oharu
Author:
Koi, Eisei, 1908-1992, film producer.
Publication Information:
[Irvington, NY] : The Criterion Collection, 2013.

©1952
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (136 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet ([20] pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.).
Summary:
A peerless chronicler of the soul who specialized in supremely emotional, visually exquisite films about the circumstances of women in Japanese society throughout its history, Kenji Mizoguchi (Ugetsu) had already been directing movies for decades when he made The Life of Oharu; in 1952. But this epic portrait of an inexorable fall from grace, starring the incredibly talented Kinuyo Tanaka as an imperial lady-in-waiting who gradually descends to street prostitution.
General Note:
Originally released as a motion picture in 1952.

Based on a novel by Saikaku Ihara.

Special features: Dudley Andrew on The life of Oharu: Mizoguchi's art and the Demimonde (an illustrated audio essay featuring Andrew), Commentary by Dudley Andrew; The travels of Kinuyo Tanaka (a 2009 film by Koko Kajiyama documenting Tanaka's 1949 goodwill tour of the United States). Booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Gilberto Perez.
Language:
Japanese
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: Not rated.
ISBN:
9781604657395
UPC:
715515107419
Format :
DVD