A stunning masterpiece from Japanese master Mizoguchi, set in a feudal Japan run by gangs of warlords. A simple but ambitious potter is led astray by ghosts, repenting only when he returns to "reality". Visually breathtaking, with a wonderful "special effect" near the end requiring no trickery or computer animation whatever! My only slight quibble is that the film is basically two stories, concerning the potter and his brother-in-law, which don't dovetail completely naturally. But still 4.9 stars out of 5!