Ugetsu Monogatari

Ugetsu Monogatari

Director : Kenji Mizoguchi / Japan / 1953 / B&W / 97 mins  / Japanese


ujetsu1Synopsis : The film is set in the 16th century, during Japan’s Civil Wars. The potter Genjuro and his brother-in-law Tobei are on their way to market when they are forced to leave their wives. Tobei pursues his dream of becoming a famous Samurai, while Genjuro falls under the spell of Lady Wakasa and is drawn into the realm of ghosts haunting her home… Kenji Mizoguchi’s this masterpiece is considered to be ‘the apogee of the art of black-and-white film,’ partly due to the elegant transitions between the real and the unreal.

 

ujetsu2Direction Kenji Mizoguchi
Screenplay Yoshikata Yoda
Production Masaichi Nagata
Music Fumio Hayasaka, Tamekichi Mochizuki, Ichiro Saito Cinematography Kazuo Miyagawa
Editing Mitsuzô Miyata
Sound Akira Suzuki, Iwao Otani
Cast Machiko Kyo, Masayuki Mori, Kinuyo Tanaka

 

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