This dazzling portrait of an orphaned girl at several stages of her life, from childhood to adulthood, opens with one of the most famous long takes in Japanese cinema, a single shot spanning months of time and disparate locations
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Every Somai film has at least one beautiful cinematic moment. Fireworks splitting the sky, cherry blossom falling like snow, the pouring rain splintering on pavement. And his use of the long take. Wow. Criminally under-appreciated in the west. A great director of the small moments sorely missed.