THE LIFE OF OHARU (1952)
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.
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi