In my top five Japanese films, this classic gives Kurosawa's best work a run for its money. It's part love story, feminist film, political drama, samurai period-piece and creepy supernatural thriller. Each shot is like a painting and the camera drifts through the landscapes effortlessly but with a poetic purpose. The plot unfolds like a scroll, leaving the viewer emotionally spent, by its tragic and inevitable conclusion.
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi