SHE WAS LIKE A WILD CHRYSANTHEMUM (Keisuke Kinoshita, 1955)

Probably the most beautifully composed and shot of all Japanese films, writer-director Keisuke Kinoshita’s elegiac, powerful Nogiku no gotoki kimi nariki is based on a novel by Sachio Ito. Rigorous, intensely evocative (it lacks the free-flowing sentimentality of Kinoshita’s 1954 Twenty-Four Eyes), this jewel resonates on three different levels of import, each deepening the other […]