Ugetsu (Ugetsu Monogotari)
Dir. Kenji Mizoguchi. 1953, 96 mins. 35mm print from Janus Films. With Masayuki Mori, Kinuyo Tanaka, Machiko Kyo. In war-torn sixteenth-century Japan, two brothers, Genjuro and Tobei, prodded by their ambition, leave their wives and their village behind to pursue respective dreams of wealth and martial glory. Initial good fortune only increases their yen for adventure, and on their next venture out, they encounter a beguiling noblewoman, Lady Wakasa, who puts further temptations before them—though she may not be of this earth. Justly celebrated as containing some of Mizoguchi’s most otherworldly and unforgettable imagery, Ugetsu is considered by many critics as one of the greatest of all films.
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