Most likely the best of at least half-a-dozen adaptations of Kawabata's sublime and elegiac short story about innocent love. It adds heft to the work by expanding on its sociopolitical context. Gosho inundates it further with warmth and lyricism. Kinuyo Tanaka, already one of the biggest stars in the country, is simply superb here, especially in the symbol-laden final sequence. A masterpiece!