Ugetsu ★★★★

A haunting rumination on war and greed from the great Kenji Mizoguchi, Ugetsu features the director's trademark roaming camera and strong female characterizations. I didn't feel that the film had quite the emotional impact of the later Sansho the Bailiff but that it was still an excellent drama with some great ghost story elements. I think my main reservation was that the first and second halves of the film don't come together quite as well as I personally would have liked, even though I liked the film's transitions between fantasy and reality, which heavily imply meta-filmic aspects as well.

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