Based on Saikaku Ihara’s novel, The Life Of Oharu charts the tragic demise of Oharu (Kinuyo Tanaka) in 17th century Japan. An attendant at the imperial court in Kyoto, she is exiled to the countryside with her parents for the crime of falling in love with Katsunosuke (Toshirô Mifune), who suggests she should marry out of romantic feelings, not duty. Forced by her father into being a concubine for Lord Matsudaira (Toshiaki Konoe), she bears him a son, is then sold to brothel, before finally ending up as a street prostitute.
Along with Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon, Kenji Mizoguchi’s The Life Of Oharu was one of the first Japanese films that Western critics and audiences ‘discovered’ after World War Two. It won the Silver Lion prize at the Venice festival in 1952, giving Mizoguchi a belated international reputation just a few years before his own death.
2.65GB | 2 h 16 min | 790×576 | mkv