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Ugetsu -- Derived from stories by Akinari Ueda and Guy de Maupassant, this haunting tale of love and loss—with its exquisite blending of the otherworldly and the real—is one of the most beautiful films ever made.
Ugetsu -- Derived from stories by Akinari Ueda and Guy de Maupassant, this haunting tale of love and loss—with its exquisite blending of the otherworldly and the real—is one of the most beautiful films ever made.

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Director:
Writers:
Yoshikata Yoda (screenplay)
Matsutarô Kawaguchi (adaptation)
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Release Date:
7 September 1954 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A fantastic tale of war, love, family and ambition set in the midst of the Japanese Civil Wars of the sixteenth century. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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(36 articles)
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Family, War, Greedy and Ghosts See more (57 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Machiko Kyô ... Lady Wakasa
Mitsuko Mito ... Ohama

Kinuyo Tanaka ... Miyagi

Masayuki Mori ... Genjûrô
Eitarô Ozawa ... Tôbee (as Sakae Ozawa)
Sugisaku Aoyama ... Old Priest
Mitsusaburô Ramon ... Captain of Tamba Soldiers
Ryôsuke Kagawa ... Village Master
Kichijirô Ueda ... Shop Owner
Shôzô Nanbu ... Shintô Priest
Kikue Môri ... Ukon
Ryûzaburô Mitsuoka ... Soldier
Ichirô Amano ... Boatsman
Eigorô Onoe ... Knight
Saburô Date ... Vassal
Fumihiko Yokoyama ... Meshiro
Ichisaburo Sawamura ... Genichi
Koji Murata
Yukio Horikita ... Armored knight
Akira Shimizu ... Armored knight
Shuntarô Tamamura ... Armored knight
Shirô Osaki ... Armored knight
Toshio Chiba ... Armored knight
Hachiro Okuni ... Brothel armored knight
Shirô Miura ... Brothel guest
Hajime Koshikawa
Tetsu Mikami ... Brothel guest
Jun Fujikawa ... Defeated soldier
Takaji Fukui ... Defeated soldier
Eiji Ishikura ... Defeated soldier
Tokurin Takeda ... Defeated soldier
Kôji Kanda ... Defeated soldier
Masayoshi Kikuno ... Chôhatsu's soldier
Michio Yuri ... Chôhatsu's soldier
Sô Funagami
Shigeru Hasegawa
Teruko Ômi ... Prostitute
Keiko Koyanagi ... Prostitute
Masako Tomura ... Prostitute
Tokiko Mita ... Lady attendant
Tokuko Ueda ... Lady attendant
Sachiko Sôma
Reiko Kongo ... Old Woman in Brothel
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kazue Tamaki ... Villager
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Directed by
Kenji Mizoguchi 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Matsutarô Kawaguchi  adaptation
Hisakazu Tsuji  idea (as Kyûchi Tsuji)
Akinari Ueda  stories Asaji Ga Yado and Jasei No In
Yoshikata Yoda  screenplay

Produced by
Masaichi Nagata .... producer
 
Original Music by
Fumio Hayasaka 
Tamekichi Mochizuki 
Ichirô Saitô 
 
Cinematography by
Kazuo Miyagawa 
 
Film Editing by
Mitsuzô Miyata 
 
Production Design by
Masatsugu Hashimoto 
 
Art Direction by
Kisaku Ito 
 
Set Decoration by
Kosaburô Nakajima 
 
Costume Design by
Tadaoto Kainosho 
Shima Yoshizane  (as Shima Yoshimi)
 
Makeup Department
Yoshiya Fukuyama .... makeup artist
Ritsu Hanai .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Kazuhiko Oohashi .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tokuzô Tanaka .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Uichiro Yamamoto .... set designer
Seiichi Ôta .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Akira Suzuki .... sound recordist
Iwao Ôtani .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ennosuke Asada .... still photographer
Yasuo Iwamoto .... lighting technician
Kenichi Okamoto .... gaffer
Shôzô Tanaka .... camera operator
 
Other crew
Emi Kimura .... archivist
Kinshichi Kodera .... choreographer
Kinnosuke Matsunami .... stage manager
Tasaburô Oota .... background design
Shôichi Yamane .... movement director
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ugetsu monogatari" - Japan (original title)
"Tales of Ugetsu" - USA (literal English title)
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Runtime:
96 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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The films original title, Ugetsu Monogatari, roughly translates to "Tales of the Moon and Rain."See more »
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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Family, War, Greedy and Ghosts, 10 February 2010
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In the beginning of the springtime in the period of the Japanese Civil Wars of the Sixteenth Century in Lake Biwa in the Province of Omi, the family man farmer and craftsman Genjurô (Masayuki Mori) travels to Nagahama to sell his wares and makes a small fortune. His neighbor Tobei (Sakae Ozawa) that is a fool man dreams on becoming a samurai, but he can not afford to buy the necessary outfit. The greedy Genjurô and Tobei work together manufacturing clay potteries, expecting to sell the pieces and enrich; however, their wives Miyage (Kinuyo Tanaka) and Ohama (Mitsuko Mito) are worried about the army of the cruel Shibata that is coming to their village and they warn their ambitious husbands. Their village is looted but the families flee and survive; Genjurô and Tobei decide to travel by boat with their wives and baby to sell the wares in a bigger town. When they meet another boat that was attacked by pirates, Genjurô decides to leave his wife and son on the bank of the river, promising to return in ten days. Genjurô, Tobei and Ohama raise a large amount but Tobei leaves his wife to buy the samurai outfit and seek fame and fortune. Meanwhile the female aristocratic Lady Wakasa (Machiko Kyô) and her servant ask Genjurô to bring her shopping to her fancy Kutsuki House. Sooner Genjurô and Tobei discover the price they have to pay for their ambition.

"Ugetsu Monogatari" is the first movie that I have watched of Kenji Mizoguchi and I am impressed with this masterpiece. This supernatural story is very well constructed in a historic context of the Japanese Civil Wars of the Sengoku period, with two family dramas caused by the blindness of greed. This feature is supported by a magnificent cinematography in black and white, and the scene in the foggy lake is a piece of art. The performances are awesome, and the cast really seems to be living in the Sixteenth Century in Japan. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Contos da Lua Vaga" ("Tales of the Vague Moon")

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