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Paul Jensen

THE LIFE OF OHARU (1952) 4.5 stars

The definitive feminist statement in Mizoguchi's career. A classic character study with tragic and emotionally devastating results. It’s long overdue for a proper blu-ray release.  Not since the Criterion laserdisc has it been properly released. Its poetic imagery gives recent films Tree of Life and Melancholia a run for their money. Kurosawa considered him an unparalleled mentor. Dark and cathartic but ultimately beautiful.

 

Genre: Foreign
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi