“I see death in your face! Have you encountered a ghost?”
When a potter (Masayuki Mori) and his brother-in-law (Eitaro Ozawa) go to the city to sell their wares, they succumb to the temptations of love and excitement. Mori has an affair with beautiful Machiko Kyo (who turns out to be a ghost), while Ozawa runs off to become a samurai. Meanwhile, their wives (Kinuyo Tanaka and Mitsuko Mito) are left at the mercy of a roaming band of samurai, who will either kill them or force them into prostitution.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Japanese Films
- Kenzi Mizoguchi Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, this “haunting, beautifully shot” film contains many of Kenji Mizoguchi’s favored themes: women who are portrayed as “the victims of insensitive men”; men who are chastised for sacrificing “familial happiness for money or glory”; and real-life history blending seamlessly with supernatural legend. A morality play at heart, Ugetsu remains a poignant meditation on the importance of loyalty to one’s spouse above all else. As Peary notes, “among the scenes that stick in the memory are the spooky boat ride across the mist-shrouded water and Mori’s strange homecoming.”
- Memorable imagery and effectively eerie supernaturalism
Yes. All film fanatics should see this classic of Japanese cinema.
- Foreign Gem
- Important Director
(Listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die)