- The performance of Takashi Shimura, in the role of the old woodcutter that finds himself in the wrong spot, the wrong time.
- The decay of Japan, that so brilliantly dominates the background, as the old man tells the geisha’s story in a half-ruined temple, just 5 years after the nuclear attack.
- All the scenes at the courtyard, with the exception of the monologue of the medium.
- The fight scenes in the forest feel a bit awkward to the modern viewer.
- The excellent writing of Kurosawa and Hashimoto, that exploits the significance of the point view in story telling, and leaves the spectator to decide which version to incorporate.
Zeughauskino – Berlinale International Film Festival – Berlin – 07/02/2014