Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi
poetic film is set in feudal, war-ravaged, 16th-century Japan and focuses on the opposite
fortunes of two peasants who abandon their families to accumulate wealth and prestige and
find emptiness and despair. The film is remarkable for its expressive photography,
diagonal compositions and uninterrupted takes. With Machiko Kyo and Masayuki Mori.
"Scenes of everyday life alternate with those of a dreamlike, erotic intensity. At
the end it is difficult to remember where reality stops and hallucination begins" (Newsweek).
Japanese with English subtitles. Newly remastered, translated and subtitled print.
Presented in original aspect ratio.