Tanaka Kinuyo: Actor and Director: The Ballad of Narayama (screening)

99 Shaftesbury Ave Soho

Saturday, December 1 2018 from 04:30 pm to 06:30 pm

Join the Japan Foundation for a series of events celebrating the publication of "Tanaka Kinuyo: Nation, Stardom and Female Subjectivity" a look at the legendary actor and one of the first prominent female film directors in Japan. A screening of two of her films (The Wandering Princess and The Ballad of Narayama) will accompany the book launch, including a conversation featuring its editors, bringing her amazing work to rare prominence in the UK. This is an incredible opportunity to learn about one of Japan's most important film legends.

Ballad of Narayama (楢山節考)

Dir: Keisuke Kinoshita , 1958, 98mins (with English subtitles)

Based on Shiro Fukazawa’s novel of the same title, the film tells the savage story of a remote mountain village where relatives carry 70-year-old family members up Narayama mountain to die. Orin (Kinuyo Tanaka) is close to approaching 70, her son Tatsuhei (Teiji Takahashi) cannot bear losing his mother, but she is content to embrace her fate. Shot in the kabuki style theatre, Kinoshita’s version of Ballad of Narayama was screened in the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and was part of the submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 31st Academy Awards.

Organised by the Japan Foundation, Kingston School of Art, Edinburgh University Press

楢山節考 ©1958 Shochiku Co., Ltd.