The Life of Oharu

The Life of Oharu

Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi • 1952 • Japan

Life's unfairness to women, and the sad lot of a prostitute (Kinuyo Tanaka) in medieval Japan seldom looked more seductively lyrical or compelling as in Kenji Mizoguchi's The Life of Oharu. Based on a 17th century play, the movie also carried added resonances with modern audiences in the hands of the filmmaker, who was an outspoken advocate of women's rights.

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The Life of Oharu
  • The Life of Oharu

    Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi • 1952 • Japan

    Life's unfairness to women, and the sad lot of a prostitute (Kinuyo Tanaka) in medieval Japan seldom looked more seductively lyrical or compelling as in Kenji Mizoguchi's The Life of Oharu. Based on a 17th century play, the movie also carried added reso...

Extras

  • Dudley Andrew on THE LIFE OF OHARU

    This 2013 illustrated audio essay, written and narrated by film scholar Dudley Andrew, explores director Kenji Mizoguchi’s interest in the theater, art, and fiction of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Japan, and locates the roots of his idea for the adaptation THE LIFE OF OHARU in his second p...

  • The Travels of Kinuyo Tanaka

    In October 1949, actor Kinuyo Tanaka embarked on a three-month tour of America as an envoy of the arts, visiting Hawaii, California, and points east. This 2009 film by director Koko Kajiyama documents Tanaka’s momentous and controversial journey through archival footage and photos.

  • Dudley Andrew on THE LIFE OF OHARU: Commentary

    Recorded in 2013, this commentary by film scholar Dudley Andrew plays over the first 28 minutes of THE LIFE OF OHARU.