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Pure masterpiece. So poetic, so ethereal. The photography is sublime at times (esp on the lake). Classic Japanese cinema (esp Ozu, Mizoguchi, Naruse and Kurosawa) is unmatched for me.

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What we want most is usually right in front of us in the warmth of those who love us and share our lives. Five stars.

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This is not simply a ghost story, but a cautionary tale about the consequences of selfishness and delusions of grandeur. That's what elevates it to the realm of great, classic storytelling.

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That ending gets me teary every time. So eloquent.


Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts with me. I am shocked at the amount of people who love this film ( much like Tarantino films which I also do not like at a rule ). You have convinced me however to give it a second chance, perhaps I was having a really off day ...Read more

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The supernatural elements are haunting and beautiful but it takes a while to get to them. The story makes it worth it -- it is a subtly powerful script and while I found it long on first pass, find more economy and superb detail in the scenes every time I watch. Very stage-drama at times. ...Read more

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Clearly I am in the minority. Gave up on it after 40 minutes.

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I actually can understand why. This is among my most favorite movies now, but on first pass the story wasn't grabbing me. This changes very rapidly after the villager is approached by a rich woman while selling his pots. Couldn't look back from that point on. But it did take more than one ...Read more

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Sorry you didn't enjoy it. A lot of classic Japanese cinema is paced very slowly for Western tastes, and wading through subtitles doesn't make the time go any faster.


Hi Francine :
( you share your name with my pussycat, who is also named Francine, but we often call her Fran or Franny !! ). I am not sure if it was the pacing or the story itself that did not rock my world but I get a bit frustrated when this happens as I get 6 credits a month, so ...Read more

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Beautiful, haunting, superb and wise.

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Has to be one of my favorite vintage Japanese fictions. It is truly masterful in the transitions of scenes, and the unique depiction of ghosts.

Carmen avatar

This is one of the finest ghost stories of all time, derived from the writings of Guy de Maupassant.

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The book this is based on was written a hundred years before Guy de Maupassant was born.

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