Saikaku ichidai onna (1952)
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- The Life of Oharu
- 148 min.
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Tells the misadventures of a spineless woman who suffers from a mix of injustice and misfortune in feudal Japan, worsened by her lack of resolve at certain moments.
Her life looks like a torrent than can change courses at any moment, leaving us with a sentiment of extreme vulnerability.
The depiction of the Tokugawa shogunate, brilliant, is reinforced by the beauty of Japanese interiors.
A sad but moving film. One of the greatest films ever made.
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This movie ranks #34 in Akira Kurosawa's A Dream Is a Genius
This movie ranks #35 in IMDb's 1950s Top 50
This movie ranks #40 in Kinema Junpo's Top 200 Japanese Films
This movie ranks #106 in Tom Vick's Asian Cinema: A Field Guide
This movie ranks #207 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #255 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #332 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
This movie ranks #391 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #405 in Roger Ebert's Great Movies
This movie ranks #444 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
This movie ranks #770 in The Criterion Collection