(Seijun Suzuki, Japan 1981, 139 min., 35mm, Japanese w/ English subtitles)
In the early 1980s, Suzuki began creating what would come to be known as the Taishō trilogy, three films united by theme, style, and the Taishō period in Japan (1912–1926). Based on a novel by Kyōka Izumi, this middle film of the trilogy follows a playwright drawn to a mysterious beauty who might be a ghost. Suzuki’s use of color remains as strong as it ever was, albeit somewhat muted in comparison. The characters float, dreamlike, through the narrative that leads them down paths both unexpected and disconcerting.