A luxuriant, hypnotic ghost story, full of bizarre narrative twists and chic enigmas.James Quandt, Cinematheque Ontario
Yoshio Harada, Naoko Otani, Toshiya Fujita, Michiyo Okusu,
Named the best film of the 1980s in a poll of Japanese film critics, Zigeunerweisen takes its title from a recording of violin music by Pablo de Sarasate. The piece haunts the film’s two main characters: Aochi, an uptight professor at a military academy, and his erstwhile colleague Nakasago, who is now a wild-haired wanderer and possible murderer. The movie’s plot is a metaphysical ghost story involving love triangles, doppelgangers, and a blurred line between the worlds of the living and the dead.