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Luckily Criterion has been able to acquire the distribution rights to several of his films.
In this feudal society, love (sexual intercourse) between a member of the nobility and a commoner is a transgression of the barrier between the social classes.
So many frames are perfect in terms of composition and lighting - that the whole is breathtaking.
SAIKAKU ICHIDAI ONNA (THE LIFE OF OHARU).
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
Rating = ****
Film = four (4) stars; subtitles = 4. Read more
Sort of a Japanese "Madam Bovary". Early Mifune movie.....didn't recognize him....very short role in the beginning.Published 6 months ago by Peggy S. Oba
a very good story and well filmed and enjoyable to watched - glad was put on blu ray to watchPublished 11 months ago by jda
This is an interesting movie that explores the women's side of feudal Japanese culture. Women are actual objects to be sold or traded. Even her father offers her no real sympathy. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Robert L. Fastner
Those with knowledge and appreciation of Japanese history and the place in society of Japanese women will be touched by this masterful film. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Wabi Savvy
This is not my favorite "Mitsoguchi" film. though beautifully shot, It is a very slow moving movie and the unrelenting victimization of the heroine makes two hours and... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Allan K. Betz
From the moment she turns on her suitor only to relent you can see that this is a performace worth watching. Read morePublished 19 months ago by syduenonimous