New digital restoration! A ghost story, a deeply felt appreciation of women, a work of cinematic beauty and poeticism of the most sublime order, Ugetsu is the masterpiece of Kenji Mizoguchi, who eclipses even Kurosawa as the greatest of all Japanese filmmakers. By the time he made Ugetsu, Mizoguchi was already an elder statesman of Japanese cinema, fiercely revered by Kurosawa and other directors of a younger generation. And with this exquisite ghost story, a fatalistic wartime tragedy derived from stories by Akinari Ueda and Guy de Maupassant, he created a touchstone of his art, his long takes and sweeping camera guiding the viewer through a delirious narrative about two villagers whose pursuit of fame and fortune leads them far astray from their loyal wives. Moving between the terrestrial and the otherworldly, Ugetsu reveals essential truths about the ravages of war, the plight of women, and the pride of men.

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Japan 1953 – DCP – 96 Minutes

In Japanese with English subtitles

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi

Producer: Masaichi Nagata

Screenplay: Matsaturo Kawaguchi, Hisakazu Tsuji, Akinari Ueda, Yoshikata Yoda

Cast: Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyo, Kinuyo Tanaka

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