I thought this was too sentimental when I first saw it, but now I think it is one of the master's best and most *liberating* films. That word may seem odd, since its theme is suffering, but it has a Dostoevskyan sense of hope as well as of pain. The title character seemed to me to be tragic, the third time I saw it, because of his helplessness in the face of disease. A work to see again and again.
Not quite Kurosawa's magnum opus, but a stunning, sensitive film nonetheless. The pivotal scene between Kyôko Kagawa's madwoman and Yuzo Kayama's young doctor rank among the finest, most tense and dramatic from any of Kurosawa's work. But the finest performances are from the two child actors, particularly the young boy whose conception and understanding of what it would be like to face death is far beyond his years.
ce film extraordinaire par son sujet, sa beauté, son humanité et son sens, donne au cinéma des références aussi fortes que les maitres de la littérature, de la peinture ou de la musique... Oui, il y a du V. Hugo chez Kurosawa, du Schubert et du Goya entre autres. Il est impliqué dans son temps et dans son art comme l'était le poète René Char. On est éblouit et heureux, privilégiés de le visionner.