Ugetsu Monogatari by Kenji Mizoguchi |Kenji Mizoguchi, Machiko Kyo, Masayuki Mori, Kinuyo Tanaka | 37429209325 | DVD | Barnes & Noble
Ugetsu Monogatari

Ugetsu Monogatari

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Director: Kenji Mizoguchi

Cast: Kenji Mizoguchi, Machiko Kyo, Masayuki Mori, Kinuyo Tanaka

     
 

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Presented in a manner as eerie as it is heartbreaking, this film is a gorgeous supernatural fable about the folly of men with dreams larger than their abilities and their women who suffer as a result. Genjuro (Masuyaki Mori) is a potter who longs for wealth and luxury, while Tobei (Sakae Ozawa), a farmer, dreams of the glories of the samurai to the point of ignoring

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Presented in a manner as eerie as it is heartbreaking, this film is a gorgeous supernatural fable about the folly of men with dreams larger than their abilities and their women who suffer as a result. Genjuro (Masuyaki Mori) is a potter who longs for wealth and luxury, while Tobei (Sakae Ozawa), a farmer, dreams of the glories of the samurai to the point of ignoring his wife. Though a war rages around them, they venture to town to sell their wares. Genjuro becomes bewitched by a beautiful though vengeful ghost (Machiko Kyo), while his wife is murdered by a soldier; Tobei becomes a noted warrior, while his wife descends into prostitution after being raped while searching for her husband.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jonathan Crow
Displaying all of the hallmarks of Kenji Mizoguchi's quietly affecting style, this landmark film has been one of the most highly praised Japanese movies, garnering the admiration of such directors as Jean-Luc Godard and Jacques Rivette, as well as a Silver Lion from the Venice Film Festival. Mizoguchi's fluid camerawork expands this otherworldly tragedy into a profound meditation on the transience of human life. In one of the film's most noted scenes, Genjuro relaxes in a hot spring as his beautiful spirit-lover disrobes. The camera coyly pans away, tilts downwards, and tracks along the ground. The barren ripples of ground dissolve to a Zen rock garden; then the camera tilts up to reveal the couple picnicking at a lakeside park. In this one elegant device, Mizoguchi evokes not only the passage of time but also emptiness and impermanence, as he passes the viewer through an unpeopled space. His signature lyricism frames unfolding human dramas as one small part of life's immutable ebb and flow. A brilliant summation of Mizoguchi's motifs and visual poetry, Ugetsu remains one of the masterpieces of world cinema.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/08/2005
UPC:
0037429209325
Original Release:
1953
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
6,130

Special Features

New, restored high-definition digital transfer; Audio commentary by filmmaker, critic, and festival programmer Tony Rayns. Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director (1975), a comprehensive, 150-minute documentary by filmmaker Kaneto Shindo, with new and improved subtitles. Two Worlds Intertwined, a new, 14-minute appreciation of Ugetsu by director Masahiro Shinoda. Process and Production, a new 20-minute video interview with Tokuzo Tanaka, first assistant director on Ugetsu. Ten-minute video interview with cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa, from 1992. Theatrical trailers. New and improved English subtitle translation. A 72-page book featuring film critic Phillip Lopate and three short stories that influenced Mizoguchi in making the film.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Machiko Kyo Lady Wakasa
Masayuki Mori Genjuro, Pottery Maker
Kinuyo Tanaka Miyagi, Genjuro's Wife
Sakae Ozawa Tobei, Genjuro's Brotherin-Law
Mitsuko Mito Ohama, Tobei's Wife
Ikio Sawamura Genichi
Kikue Mori Ukon
Ryosuke Kagawa Village master
Sugisaku Aoyama Old Priest
Shozo Nanbu Shinto Priest
Kichijiro Ueda Shop Owner
Mitsusaburo Ramon Captain of Tamba Soldiers
Kichijiro Tsuchida Silk Merchant

Technical Credits
Kenji Mizoguchi Director
Fumio Hayasaka Score Composer
Kisaku Ito Art Director
Tadaoto Kainoscho Costumes/Costume Designer
Kazuo Miyagawa Cinematographer
Mitsuji Miyata Editor
Masaichi Nagata Producer
Ichiro Saito Score Composer
Yoshikata Yoda Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ugetsu
1. Credits [2:45]
2. Great Opportunities [5:16]
3. A Wife's Concern [4:53]
4. The Villagers Flee [7:08]
5. Genjuro Returns [3:13]
6. Omen [6:18]
7. The Marketplace [:02]
8. Attack [3:42]
9. Delivery to Kutsuki Mansion [3:09]
10. Lady Wakasa [6:02]
11. Seduction [5:41]
12. A Day at the Spring [6:23]
13. Miyagi [2:41]
14. A Samurai at Last [3:29]
15. Ohama's New Life [4:21]
16. The Priest's Warning [4:52]
17. Exorcism [3:15]
18. Reunion [9:30]
19. Awakening [7:41]
20. Color Bars [6:23]
Disc #2 -- Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director
1. In Search of the Director [4:00]
2. Women [1:46]
3. Early Years [6:11]
4. A Career in Cinema [9:32]
5. Kyoto [6:53]
6. Marriage [5:23]
7. Meiji-Period Films [7:57]
8. Daiichi/Osaka Elegy [5:42]
9. Sisters of the Gion [5:28]
10. The Straits of Love and Hate [2:11]
11. The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum [10:13]
12. A Woman of Osaka [4:09]
13. The Life of an Actor [2:22]
14. The 47 Ronin [3:22]
15. Illness [:05]
16. Break With the Past [7:08]
17. A Picture of Madame Yuki/Miss Oyu [5:52]
18. The Life of Oharu [5:18]
19. Ugetsu [5:24]
20. A Geisha/Sansho the Bailiff [8:43]
21. The Crucified Woman/A Story From Chikamatsu [2:01]
22. The Princess Yang Kwei-Fei [6:13]
23. Street of Shame [9:21]
24. Venice Film Festival [3:12]
25. The Love of His Life [2:03]
26. Reflections [10:48]

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Ugetsu Monogatari 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
RedLantern More than 1 year ago
I cant say enough about this film. In 97 minutes, Kenji Mizoguchi was able to decimate the entire enigma that is human desire. The film is of absolute perfection and is saturated in emotional truths and honesty; a cinematic approach that has yet to be surpassed in my opinion. What makes it stand alone, however, is its brilliant and mesmerizing photography. Certainly, Ugetsu Monogatari is one of the greatest films of all time.
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