I really struggled with this film. I am familiar with Mizoguchi Kenji’s work, and have enjoyed the films of his I have seen, but nothing could prepare me for the unrelenting bleakness of this film. The cinematography is immaculate and the score eerie and unsettling. The story, about an aristocratic family torn apart by the harshness of the real world, who battle through decades of separation, enduring unspeakable tragedies in the process, is touching yet unforgiving. I will certainly revisit the film again when I have better prepared myself for the arduous journey ahead, but for now I must admit defeat.