Digitally restaured, rewatched. That forest in traveling, filmed according to a double look, of the camera and the supposed subjective look of a character, in which the protagonist is first shown, is overwhelming, in all according to the excellence of a melodrama structured according to the cinematic language
D'une banale intrigue romanesque, a priori sans réelle originalité scénaristique, Kenji Mizoguchi dégage un somptueux mélodrame feutré, traversé de part en part de constants débordements sentimentaux toujours (discrètement, mais non sans déchirements) maîtrisés, accompagnés de ses incessants et douloureux corollaires d'évitements et de frustrations. www.cinefiches.com
Despite the fact that the pale faces of brave heroines in Kenji Mizoguchi's films are memorable, they usually are smashed unrecognizable by brick walls of social formalities that at distance looks like green grass of home. So its no surprise that this musical love story with trees shot in backlight more gorgeous than National Geographic, splice parental guided marriage with suicidal tendency as a perfect matchmaker.