This was one hard- working actress. The Life of Oharu is a catalogue of a young woman’s downfall in 17th century Japan. Kenji Mizoguchi is a brilliant director, so there are some stunning moments within the movie but it is irrevocably harmed by the casting of Kinuyo Tanaka. It is said that Mizoguchi’s obsession with capturing the misery of women in the face of oppression had its roots in his own childhood as his own sister who raised him was sold by their father. People cheat, seduce, betray, and ruin her again and again — and she just bows her head and takes it. On stage in Stroud. Mizoguchi’s style is fluid and assured like Hitchcock and Bresson. The Life of Oharu is one outstanding example.

As her family has been shamed, her father jumps on the chance to send her to a local Lord who is looking for a mistress who can be a surrogate mother. When it is discovered, like in this movie, it is disastrous for the lover, the girl and her family. For emotional impact Mizoguchi is an absolute master however and this tragic tale could not be outdone by any other. The Life of Oharu: Unfortunately, Kinuyo Tanaka is miscast as Ohara. For this offense, she is exiled along with her parents, convicted of letting their child run wild. Mizoguchi’s films are capable, I think, of teaching life lessons without preaching or grandstanding. The Harry Potter file.

He brought Japan among other nations, outside of Asia.

Kurosawa changed everything the Europeans had so admired about Japanese cinema; exoticism, beauty and silence of life. It even has a couple of humorous moments.

As the film progresses, Oharu goes through about a thousand hardships – hell, any normal person would have killed herself after experiencing just the first of Oharu’s hardships! A wide panorama of a cruel, patriarchal Japan emerges: Mifune’s face appears superimposed on a statue at the beginning, but that’s the only appearance he makes! But it’s again a bleak victory, that she can only disappear from her persecutors in the maze of their own gardens.

Saikaku ichidai onna = Life of Oharu ()

In a simple,understated way, the film outlines the tyrannies that made happiness almost impossible for women, not only in feudal Japan, but all over the world. The final image is the enigma of a small gesture, as the woman, offers a passing nod to a temple in the distance. It’s a masterpiece of world cinema. Sansho the Bailiff Kenji Mizoguchi. As the title implies, this is essentially a one-character film lige life phases involve all levels of the female cultural food chain.

Next Oharu is hired as a concubine to a powerful lord. Mizoguchi’s style is fluid and assured like Hitchcock and Bresson. There are also a number of comic scenes that help ease the depression and show that life is not always doom and glume.


The focus is on a young woman, but with an eye on the larger social world of organized injustice that expects a woman to be the image of a woman. Not even Lars von Trier can get to dramaturgy this subtitlws about a woman’s decay of a life and horrendous bad luck. The central message is one of Buddhist compassion, and not sutitles for off who we know have had a sad, unfair life — but also those who appear derelict or decrepit to us, and who we might otherwise judge, not knowing what they’ve experienced.

A peerless chronicler of the soul who specialized in supremely emotional, visually exquisite films about the circumstances of women in Japanese society, Kenji Mizoguchi had already been directing movies for decades when he made The Life of Oharu in A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Gilberto Perez. The camera-work is beautifully fluid, oyaru long flowing takes, so different from what we expect from that other great director of the period, Ozu.

She is very passive, submissive and docile. But I’m still waiting for an explanation about Mifune, and who the actor is who plays Katsunosuke!

Kenji Mizoguchi is a brilliant director, so ohwru are some stunning moments within the movie but it is irrevocably harmed by the casting of Kinuyo Tanaka. She’s consequently forced into prostitution by her highly-indebted father, but is dismissed for being too proud before long. One day Oharu is tricked into a meeting with a nobleman by his servant, Katsunosuke Toshiro Mifuneonce alone he comes ohxru and pledges his love for her, at first she spurns him because of their different social status, but then she pledges her undying love to him, but their tryst is stopped in its tracks by a court official who catches them together.

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And of course the inimitable Toshiro Mifune steals his precious scenes and helps to add to the initial skbtitles for Oharu- when you lose a man like that, it’s all downhill from there perhaps.

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In Japanese with English subtitles. Mizoguchi’s point about the cruel limitations on Japanese women’s lives during this period is made clearly, but Oharu’s passivity is maddening.

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The film was highly personal to director Kenji Mizoguchi since his own sister who had raised him was sold by their father to be a geisha, which is one of the things that happens to Oharu. The Life of Oharu is one outstanding example. But of course as a historical film The Life of Oharu tells more about the time it was made in than the time it takes place in. Born into luxury, she errs with a man of lower class.


Nevertheless, the aesthetic quality if the films is slightly lower than those of Ozu’s and Kurosawa’s films. When it is discovered, like in this movie, it is disastrous for the lover, the girl and her family. I was left a little disappointed in Sansho the Bailiff, often said to be his best film, but the direction of Oharu is original and masterful. Mizoguchi had the ability to suggest a plethora of things like passage of time, a change in mood, etc. Her life is a path built on graves of those who tried and died before.

CountZero 24 December For emotional impact Mizoguchi is an absolute master however and this tragic tale could not be outdone by any other. We meet Oharu Kinuyo Tanaka as a middle-aged prostitute, spending her nights by the city’s gates begging or trying to sell her body to drunken wanderers. His films of this era were characterized by strong aesthetic styling, poetry and beauty. Oharu spans from the ages of and Tanaka manages to pull off convincing performances at all these ages.

This ruthless depiction of the society still contains lyric flashes of the transience and sudden beauty of life. It was also the twelfth collaboration between Mizoguchi and his leading lady Kinuyo Tanaka who even turned to directing films herself the following year, the first Japanese woman to do so — to her mentor’s apparent chagrin! Indeed, it’s shot with an uncanny ability to focus on major points in seemingly small moments- when the one man is looking about at all the Kyoto girls and none fit his strict standards for his master’s breeding needs, the shot tracks along as he is looking at them all slowly, and it ends with the shot showing all the girls looking at the man like ‘what did we do wrong?

He is executed and she and her parents are banished, in a truly moving scene the family follows them over a bridge and are told they may go no further.

The Life of Oharu The film goes from one tragedy to the next without much pause or relief. One it preserves, therein lies the film’s power for me: On stage in Tewkesbury.

A scene from The Life of Oharu. The film’s music it’s too disjointed to be labeled a “score” is certainly unique, but also, unfortunately, grates on the modern ear and is often annoying. These images are contrasts for the social realism, which isn’t naturalism by any means.