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.
One must see De Kooning's Woman on Lady Wasaka's ample body and allure of a primal witch..& the paradise it brings,rolling on the musk.It is a misty fantasy of many fevers,Tobei's impossible army as conflagrant as the impeccable sequence of the spirits screaming down on holy-marked Genjuro, awakening after in an empty field..(the shot of the women w/ sleeping men gazing at the off-screen war)to his son.. and a grave.
I've got very mixed feelings about what I saw (there's bits, earlier on, that I happened to have sort of slept by - it's not a very boring film, though). I didn't know what it was about beforehand, so when the fantastic elements showed up I was pleasantly surprised. but its intent I don't see myself in, which is something that, unlike with technique (which very much holds up), I can't forgive. the score is amazing.