Devil's Temple ★★★★½

tanizaki's cruelty, shindo's dialectics, misumi's precision, the pure physicality of the actors.

4 people at cross purposes in a decaying temple on a mountain while the world below them is at war; the only contemporary scene away from the mountain is an abstract hell of fire and murder, but then the only flashback is murder in cold blood too.

there is a real violence in the acting (at two extremes shintaro katsu's coiled violence and hideko tamamine's vicious righteousness are equally alarming) and an incredible precision in the directing and the cinematography; when the camera travels through the leaves, when the snow starts falling, when the fire dies, when the game bird on the spit is raw then cooked.