So much packed into the film's run time. Love how the anti war message compliments the film's supernatural elements. Tragedy, fantasy, drama, along with brilliant direction and framing. Pure cinematic excellence. Oddly, I disagree with those saying Tobei's fate should have been worse as Mizoguchi intended. I appreciated how his subplot provides a contrast of fates with Genjuro's.
what has been called a supernatural "gender tragedy", although I would call it a story about love (as opposed to a love story), Ugetsu is worth seeking out solely for the gorgeous Noh-inspired music and edifyingly evanescent cinemetography of Kazuo Miyagawa....the lake scene is iconic and will stay with you forever,
A story about desire, lust, greed, power & ultimately regrets and redemption. Manages to show how a range of different people at a time of civil war cope and how some drop into the abyss without return. Remarkable how much Mizoguchi manages to cover in 96 minutes, never shying away from the the hardships and uncertainty that comes with war. The ending will remain long in the memory, along with the haunting score.