The Life of Oharu
In 17th-century Japan, an aging prostitute (Kinuyo Tanaka) recalls her unfortunate life. Kenji Mizoguchi's 1952 film is stately, controlled, and impeccably constructed. His fascination with the social roles of women leads him, in this film as in many others, to a profound discovery of elevated emotional states. A near-perfect work. In Japanese with subtitles.