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The Life of Oharu Details

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Life of Oharu features Kinuyo Tanaka in the title role. Oharu is a middle-aged prostitute in 17th century Japan. As she prays before a statue of Buddha, Oharu reviews her past. Her road to degradation began when, as a teenager, she disgraced her family by falling in love with a samurai (Toshiro Mifune). Oharu became the mistress of a prince, who cast her off after she bore his son. She was then sold into prostitution by her father, and thus began a catch-as-catch-can existence alternating between brief happiness with those she genuinely loved and servitude to those she despised. A potential happy ending, reuniting her with her royal son, is dashed by the much-maligned Oharu herself, who opts for the life of a beggar. Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi, a lifelong advocate of equitable treatment for Japanese women, Life of Oharu was adapted from a novel by Saikaku Ibara. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:April 3, 1952

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Venice International Film Festival Kenji Mizoguchi International Prize 1952 Winner

Cast

Toshiro Mifune
as Katsunosuke
Ichiro Sugai
as Shonzaemon, Oharu's Father
Jukichi Uno
as Yakichi Senya
Kikue Mori
as Myokai, the Old Nun
Kyoko Kusajima
as Sodegaki
Masao Mishima
as Taisaburo Hishiya
Masao Shimizu
as Kikuno Koji
Noriko Sengoku
as Sakurai
Sadako Sawamura
as Owasa
Toranosuke Ogawa
as Yataemon Isobei
Takashi Shimura
as Old Man
Chieko Higashiyama
as Myokai
Akira Oizumi
as Fumikichi, Sasaya's Friend
Daisuke Kato
as Tasaburo Hishiya
Eitaro Shindo
as Kohei Sasaya

Crew

Kenji Mizoguchi
Director
Kenji Mizoguchi
Producer
Kenji Mizoguchi
Screenwriter
Yoshikata Yoda
Screenwriter
Ichiro Saito
Composer (Music Score)
Toshio Goto
Editor
Hiroshi Mizutani
Production Designer
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