Hatsuko Umabuchi is a widow who runs a prosperous geisha house in present day Kyoto. Her daughter Yukiko returns from Tokyo following a failed suicide attempt, after her lover found out ... See full summary »
Toward the end of World War II, middle-aged soldier Keita is entrusted with a postcard from a comrade who is sure he will die in battle. After the war ends, Keita visits his comrade's wife ... See full summary »
I've been a constant reader of IMDb for many years though have never before submitted a comment. Yet here I saw that no-one had done so and, having just watched this documentary, I simply wished to communicate to anyone who comes across this review that this is not only a very thorough film about the life and work of Mizoguchi, one of the most profound and meaningful directors of all time, but also a remarkable portrait full of fascinating and delicate insights. Here we have cinema of course; however, through the contributions of a variety of workers - actors and actresses, technicians, producers - we are offered riveting details about how art is attained and, therefore, a view of an important aspect of life itself. Put together with a modest simplicity, it is at the same time engaging,moving,attractive and thought-provoking.
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