Friday, October 16, 2009


(1953) - B&W - 94 min
(Japanese with English subtitle)

Starring - Masayuki Mori as Genjurô, the potter, Machiko Kyô as Lady Wakasa, Kinuyo Tanaka as Miyagi, Eitarô Ozawa as Tôbei (Saka Ozawa), Ikio Sawamura as Genichi, Kikue Môri as Ukon, Mitsuko Mito as Ohama, Sugisaku Aoyama as the Old Priest, Ryosuke Kagawa as the village leader,
Directed by - Kenji Mizoguchi

Ugetsu (a.k.a. Ugetsu Monogatari), a Kenji Mizoguchi's 1953 classic is a tale of greed and ambition .

This film features many of the same actors in Kurosawa's epic, Rashomon from 1950 - and also offers a story line that reminds one of the first tale from Kwaidan called Black Hair.

In the midst of War and unrest caused by opportunistic bandits who ransack towns, two men follow their dreams of wealth, amibition and power. While they are successful in attaining a portion of their dreams - it is at the expnse of their familes.

So, enjoy!

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