“Quite simply one of the greatest of filmmakers,” said Jean-Luc Godard of Kenji Mizoguchi. And Ugetsu, a ghost story like no other, may be his definitive film: a story of two couples torn apart by war and ambition, in a land full of chaos and spirits.
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Cautionary tale on personal responsibility made great by carefully crafted imagery and a phenomenal score. Too much exposition gets in the way of what is, for the most part, a very subtle and intelligent film. Still, there are many unforgettable scenes and, at its core, that's what cinema is all about. It's also a wonderful metaphor for today's state of world affairs.
En esta obra maestra absoluta de Mizoguchi se nos enseña que no hay acción humana que no tenga consecuencias. La ambición de dos hombres desata la ruina momentánea de sus vidas y nada volverá a ser lo mismo. La maestría visual de MIzoguchi alcanza picos de exuberante belleza: en todos los planos se expresa esa búsqueda por entender el enigma que significa ser humano y en ese trayecto la vida y la muerte se encuentran
One of my favourite films. However, it would be in my top 10 if the ending were bleaker (not that it isn't already, but I read somewhere that in the original version that Mizoguchi wanted Tobei's fate was a lot shittier). But still, Mizoguchi's second best film and a monumental achievement of cinema, it is a film that I wish went on for 4 hours!
Yes I'm aware that I'm wrong about this one. I liked it. Solid flick. Just couldn't quite see what everyone else sees. I've seen far more beautiful black and white cinematography, far more wrenching morality tales and far more haunting ghost stories. I honestly found very little that was striking about this piece that I haven't seen elsewhere. Perhaps it's a case of Mizoguchi getting there first. Was hoping for more.
My absolute favourite film. Mizoguchi made films for everyone and no one: if you choose to really take note of the exquisite camera movement and extended takes, that's fine, but he doesn't care if you just want to watch it as a story. It's that detachment that elevates him far above others, such as Angelopooulos and Kubrick. As mean-spirited as it sounds, perhaps that's the difference between art and craft.