Five women classmates from a college in Tokyo are on the first stretch of a walking tour when one of them, Masako, falls ill at a railway station. Osen, a middle-aged maid from a nearby inn, takes her in and nurses her, assisted by Dr. Minami…
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Self-absorption is a curse that leads to bitterness and sterility; the City a toxin that can only be strained from the blood by a long dose of good country living; a spoiled brat learns what it is to be a human being. Filled with the beautiful, delicate touches so embarrassingly common in classic Japanese films (the foot massage sequence is an absolute jewel), placid as a country stream.
A bit disappointed by my first Gosho. It never really comes full circle, the emotional impact is fairly weak too. Gosho's style and tone is very different to other Japanese filmakers of the time, and I'm still intrigued to see more, but far from greatness. 3.5/5