A remarkable picture based on the award-winning stories by Fakazawa and previously filmed in 1958 under the same title. The story takes place in a 19th century Japanese village plagued by famine. In order to ration food, the village has ritualized the killing of redundant members of the
community: newborn males are murdered, while the elderly are carried by their children to the top of Mount Narayama and left to die. Orin (Sakamoto) is a 69-year-old woman thus scheduled for extinction; her son (Ogata) is reluctant to carry out the ritual, but the mother, bound to tradition, is
adamant. After finding wives for her children, she begins the arduous journey up the moun...