• Released
  • July 27, 2002
  • Romantic Drama
    Period Film
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90

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
An exquisite period film from a script Akira Kurosawa did not live to direct. It has a softer edge than the master probably would have delivered, but it is deeply affecting.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
The movie, done in a classic measured style, finally moves you almost as much as if it had stayed in Kurosawa's hands. Filled with love and melancholy, it's a fitting, fond epilogue to the "sensei" (the master).
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80

Washington Post

By Michael O'Sullivan
A mostly unsentimental little gem.
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75

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By William Arnold
An absorbing slice of a lost world that's actually very reminiscent of Kurosawa's underappreciated 1957 film, "The Lower Depths."
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75

Boston Globe

By Janice Page
As rich and literary a work as you might expect.
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70

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Not just an engaging melodrama that explores the class conflict and sexual mores of feudal Japan, but a work of extraordinary beauty; you could literally hang any random frame on the wall and call it art. No doubt the master would have been pleased.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Kurosawa was a great artist and so even his lesser work is interesting -- just as we would love to find one last lost play, however minor, by his hero Shakespeare.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By C.W. Nevius
An unusually cheerful depiction of prostitution. You've never seen such wholesome hookers.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
There's plenty to appreciate here but the story is tedious and some of the overacting runs into cultural translation problems.
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50

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
The screen comes alive only at the end, when a frightening tornado destroys the seaside village.
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57 out of 100
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