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4,268 Ratings


雨月物語 | Ugetsu monogatari

Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi
Japan, 1953
Drama, Fantasy, War


In 16th century Japan, peasants Genjuro and Tobei sell their earthenware pots to a group of soldiers, in defiance of a local sage’s warning against seeking to profit from warfare. Genjuro’s pursuit of both riches and Tobei’s wish to become a samurai risks to destroy both themselves and their wives.

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Ugetsu Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1953 | 2 wins including: Pasinetti Award

Academy Awards

1956 | Nominee: Best Costume Design, Black-and-White

Kenji Mizoguchi’s staggering Ugetsu is a film of many riddles and paradoxes that unfolds with the illusory simplicity of a fable. Its initial straightforwardness, as a parable against the pitfalls of human greed, is a misdirection that leads the audience into a void in which objectivity and subjectivity intermingle, hopelessly and invigoratingly clouding rationality.
June 24, 2017
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Playing with light and shadow in beautiful black and white, Mizoguchi maintains a dreamlike fog even when illusions are eventually shattered.
March 01, 2017
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The film’s supernatural elements are rooted in the real, derived from themes of greed, love, and loss. The celebrated cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa lends the film an unsettling atmosphere with his constantly moving camera.
October 05, 2016
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