Mineshaft Gap

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Ghosts through a Japanese lens.

It feels dishonest to call Mizoguchi's Ugetsu a ghost story, though it is that and one of the greatest. It is in fact a deeply moving tale of the evils of unmitigated ambition. Mizoguchi's style, seeming very western, with it grand tracking shots and haunting sound design, conveys much emotion and he leads all members of the cast to heartbreaking performances. It is a film that is steeped in human frailties as well as the ghosts of all our mistakes.

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