Ugetsu ★★★★★

A beautiful and haunting period piece from the genius of Mizoguchi. You can see why this became so popular outside outside of Japan and had such a big impact on western cinema.

The scene in the lake with the boat travelling through the fog was an obvious influence for similar shots in Martin Scorsese's recent masterpiece Silence.

The cinematography is simply a sight to behold, like the sunlight streaming through the cracks in wood panels, the aforementioned lake scenes and some gorgeous transitions.

Ugetsu is a rich, multilayered and rewarding experience. Just as you'd expect from one of the masters of cinema.

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