Rent The Life of O-Haru (1952)

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Synopsis:
Winner of the 1952 Venice Film Festival silver lion award, Kenji Mizoguchi's tragic tale, set in the 17th Century, of a young noblewoman's fall from grace established his reputation as one of Japan's greatest directors. Kinuyo Tanaka stars as O-Haru, a beautiful courtesan who surrenders to her passion for a commoner, played by Toshiro Mifune. As punishment, she and her parents are banished into exile where O-Haru desperately attempts to escape her past.
A compelling and powerful critique of feudal Japan as seen through the eyes of a woman, 'The Life of O-Haru' portrays the human dramas and historical settings with unflinching realism and atmospheric detail, demonstrating Mizoguchi's complete mastery of the medium.
Actors:
, Tsukie Matsuura, , , , , Hisako Yamane, , , , , , , , , Haruyo Ichikawa, Yuriko Hamada, , ,
Directors:
Producers:
Hideo Koi, Kenji Mizoguchi
Writers:
Saikaku Ihara, Kenji Mizoguchi, Yoshikata Yoda
Aka:
Saikaku ichidai onna
Studio:
Artificial Eye Film Company Ltd.
Genres:
Classics, Drama
Countries:
Japan, Classics, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
26/04/2004
Run Time:
131 minutes
Languages:
Japanese
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Mizoguchi Filmography
BBFC:
Release Date:
17/04/2017
Run Time:
136 minutes
Languages:
Japanese
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Audio commentary for the opening of the movie by film scholar Dudley Andrew
  • Mizoguchi's Art and the Demimonde, an illustrated audio essay featuring Andrew
  • The Travels of Kinuyo Tanaka, a 2009 film by Koko Kajiyama documenting the actor's 1949 goodwill tour of the United States
  • A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Gilberto Perez

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