I watched Kuroneko for the first time last night (on the British DVD). Interesting flick; I enjoyed it.
There was one point where a visual metaphor that I found interesting jumped out at me, but it's not one that I've seen mentioned in any of the online reviews and essays (or in the essay in liner note book).
When the mother is explaining to Gintoki that his wife has chosen to literally go to hell rather than kill him, they sitting / kneeling opposite each other under spotlights that brightly illuminate only a small area. Between them, in the far foreground, outside the lit area so that it is barely noticeable, a single bamboo trunk crosses the frame at angle.
When Gintoki finally realizes what it is his mother is saying to him, and it hits him that he is the cause of his wife's decent into hell, he suddenly stands up. The framing and camera angle are such that when Gintoki does this, that bamboo blocks the audience's view of the front half of his head (but not any of the rest of his body). Visually, Gintoki literally "loses face" at that moment.
Did anybody else interpret that piece of photography that way that I did?
Or spot any other similar moments that I may not have caught?