The most visually beautiful drama I've ever seen, the colors just pop out like a moving piece of history. It doesn't have the impressionistic feel of A Page of Madness but this conventional drama is an entertaining and ironic film where no one is quite who they seem to be. To be honest the conventional story is the only reason I didn't love the film.
The beginning is so misleading, the way it tricks you into thinking this is a cheesy historical epic and then it just does a complete 180. This rivals, and maybe even trumps some of the other great psychological dramas of the era. The way Kinugasa frames each shot and his use of color was quite revolutionary, although at times a bit excessive. I enjoyed this one, but I didn't love it.