In mediaeval Japan a compassionate governor is sent into exile. His wife and children try to join him, but are separated, and the children grow up amid suffering and oppression.
David Levene <D.S.Levene@durham.ac.uk>
A film of unparalleled beauty by the great Japanese Master Kenji Mizoguchi
Did You Know?
This film, like several films by director Kenji Mizoguchi
from this period, was widely praised in both Japan and the West for its smoothly flowing camera work. But these camera movements were, in fact, planned and blocked by his great cameraman, Kazuo Miyagawa
, rather than by the director, who gave Miyagawa free rein in his use of the camera. See more
[Speaking to his son Zushio on the verge of being exiled and separated from his family
Zushio, I wonder if you'll become a stubborn man like me. You may be too young to understand, but hear me out anyway. Without mercy, man is like a beast. Even if you are hard on yourself, be merciful to others. Men are created equal. Everyone is entitled to their happiness.