Set "100 years ago" in a primitive and remote northern Japanese village, Narayama takes an intimate look at village life in a place where constant near-famine forces the townspeople to banish their elderly citizens to a mountaintop death at the age of 70. Next up for this passage -- which, by the way, almost no one seems to protest -- is Odin (Sumiko Sakamoto), the spry matriarch who is in such good health that she actually pulls out some of her own teeth to convince her family that yes, her time has indeed come. But before she goes, she has business to attend to.
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With a name like Bloody Territories you may expect a Miike-styled splatterfest, with blood squirting as if from a fire hose and yakuza slip-sliding in the stuff around Tokyo. But back in 1969, when Bloody Territories was made, no one went that far, not even Yasuharu Hasebe, a pioneer in the genre.
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