She Was Like a Wild Chrysanthemum ★★★★

An old man goes to his childhood village and reminisce about the girl he loved when he was younger. Director Keisuke Kinoshita may not be as well-known to audiences as Kurosawa, Ozu, Mizoguchi or even Kobayashi or Ichikawa but he's no slouch. His films, at least the ones I've seen of his, have a sweet, gentle spirit but huge emotional impact. This is one of them. It's wistful tale of remembering first love and love lost told in the style of bittersweet memories. I won't spoil it but this film sneaks up on you and truly packs a wallop in the end even if you're sort of expecting it in this type of stories. Yes, this is definitely one to watch if you want a good cry.