THE MAKIOKA SISTERS (Kon Ichikawa, 1983)

Among Kon Ichikawa’s most exquisitely detailed, exacting and poignant films, Sasame-yuki—literally, Fine Snow but called in the U.S. and the UK The Makioka Sisters—opens with long-shots of gorgeous springtime landscapes softened by rain-mists, followed by closeups of cherry blossoms from which petals of rain drop. (A fierce waterfall brings this earlier image to frightening fruition.) […]