Ugetsu Monogatari is a brilliant ghost story or rather two ghost stories blended together. It works very well - cinema is so good at apparitions! And these are particularly lovely and more than touching in the end, they evoke the sadness and longing in life with exquisite poignancy. I loved Oyu-Sama as well: a sort of Japanese take on Jules et Jim, but much more restrained and decorous, and again, very moving. And there is grace in the ending where Truffaut's film sounds a note of pointless loss. The sounds of the language and the beautiful way of moving and talking characteristic of the actresses are very lovely, and the performances of Kinuyo Tanaka are amazing, and very different in these two films. Tony Rayns says she was miscast in Oyu-Sama but if this is the case it is certainly an interesting piece of miscasting and gives a superb tension to the role, a slight theatricality, even implausibility, but something quite wonderful. And the more obvious ghost in Ugetsu is evoked in myriad tones - partly thanks to the music - and has a ravishing beauty.