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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.

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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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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:
Ikkei 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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Trivia:
The films original title, Ugetsu Monogatari, roughly translates to "Tales of the Moon and Rain."See more »
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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »

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22 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
the traditional Japanese ghost film~~~, 9 June 2005
Author: holydevil from New Zealand

In Japan, due to its Buddhism and Shinto culture, the term Ghost is an description for evil of the spirits world. and the idea of spirits which dispatch from its physical body are describe as phamton. from the difference associate with these 2 terms we can understand that even in spirits there is description for the good and bad spirits. this is similar to the Chinese mythology for ghost. even if the spirits was wrongly accused, and coming back to human world for its revenge, this is still consider as an spirits rather than ghost, as it has its positive of motive and would not harm people who is not associate with his death. since spirits normally does not appear in the human world, and its appearance often associate with unfinished matter or grudge. which is the main characteristic for most of the Japanese film.

the most impressive Japanese ghost story is Ugetsu monogatari(1953), it was base on the novel with the same title. we can analysis the idea of Japanese ghost film via 2 aspect of the film.

Firstly, while Genjuro was selling pottery in the market, he was been order by Lady Wakasa and its nurse maid to send the good to their mansion personally, which was the starting point of ghostly love relationship.

By the hand of prestige cinema photographer, Kuzo Miyagawa, the mystic atmosphere, the trembling music of sanmise, the ghostly voice of men grudging, gives the mansion an appeal of a haunted mansion. The use of top view camera technique with the character Noh play like appeal,gives the scene much more mysterious, secluded, ghostly, euphoria aspect of the fantasy world. which above all explores the art of Japanese traditional beauty.although it is an black and white film, but Kuzo Miyagawa create an color of bewitch ghostly character on Lady Wakasa.

The very motive for the existence of Lady wakasa was to have a taste of love, as she was kill before she can understand what love is, after resurrect by the nursemaid, she have become and spirits that looking for the ideal man to love. that is why she put a spell on Genjuro. to love not to hurt.

The second aspect for Genjuro associate with spirits was at the end part of the movie, while He push open the cripple door of his home, he saw an empty house, yet after the camera return an image of the room, Miyagi, Genjuro's wife appear, who was setting beside the stove alone tailoring clothes, and waiting for his husband to eat and change into comfy kimono, Genjuro feel extremely tire after all the events therefore he quickly falls asleep, next morning, when the villager master realize he is return went into his home and explain the tragic of her wife. and the disappearance of his son, coincidentally, his son returns in the very moment.

The movie finish with a long shot as the kid playing beside his mothers grave while Genjuro praying, which symbolize Miyagi has finally saw the father and son reunited and now he is able to rest in peace, and fly to heaven.

The movie demonstrate the childish, stubbornness and foolishness of male. yet it purify the females character as loving and sincere, which demonstrate no scary or horrifying intention to the viewer when associate with ghost. infect we associate with the idea of gentleness, shyness of its character. the eternal serenity towards the love one can only be associate with ghostly figure in a time transcend world.

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