9º – The Ballad of Narayama (Shôhei Imamura, 1983)Focused on a poor 19th century Japanese village, the plot shows the lives of the members of the place, bringing the common folk sense that all those who reach a certain age should move to a distant mountain to die. ‘The Ballad of Narayama’ denounces the erratic way a society treats older people in a rustic and sometimes disturbing story.
8º – An Autumn Afternoon (Yasujirô Ozu, 1962)The lives of people in a small Japanese village are dissected. The social exchange of the place is what moves the people there, exposing how the simplicity of those individuals to lead life is crucial. Their habits are exploited, their deconstructed anguishes, and their shared pleasures. Yasujirô Ozu’s masterpiece that makes explicit the good side of living in society.
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