A visually ravishing folktale.
I loved its highly stylized imagery, which combines cinema with kabuki/bunraku stagecraft – some of the scenes took my breath away, such as the dramatization of the hero's madness, staged in an artificial field of yellow flowers bounded by a yellow sky, which turns out to be a curtain that drops to reveal the real countryside around him, and another where the action takes place on an actual stage, revealed by an opening curtain and with the scenery depicted by flats, and the camera moves onto the stage and turns it into a cinematic space. Every scene is a visual feast.
Plus the actors portraying foxes wear really sweet masks.
I was less keen on it as a narrative – for no reason I can put my finger on, really – but can definitely see myself watching it again at some point.