Lullaby of the Earth

Lullaby of the Earth ★★★★

A 13y/o girl, raised in the mountains, who knows nothing about the world but is tough as nails ends up in a brothel. She gives no fucks and takes no shit, though occasionally does show tiny hints of weakness which remind you that she is human and you are rooting for her no matter what. Masumura amazes again. This is a pretty unique film, carried by the performance of then 16y/o Mieko Harada. That ice-cold gaze and overpowering voice.. As a teenager, 10 years before Kurosawa’s Ran she already manages to be absolutely frightening and a sight to behold.