Without Hatsumi, there is no Norwegian Wood.
Hideko Takamine: Graceful, elegant, beautiful and breathtaking. You shall be missed.
I recently just saw this one. Naruse is the man.
Still mixed on Naruse, but Takamine, Wakao and Hara are women capable of elevating everything they appear in to a different level.
Hideko Takamine once again delivers a beautiful performance of emotion and restraint. It seems she can convey nearly anything with the tiniest movement of her eyelids or pupils.
Quite possibly the most heartbreaking piece of human cinema ever.