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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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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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(38 articles)
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Songs and tales See more (60 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

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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20 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Songs and tales, 1 March 2006
Author: Polaris_DiB from United States

The movie starts out pretty uncomfortably, two peasants in 16th century Japan who dream of richness and glory so blindly, they can't even hear the pretty straight-forward protests of their loving wives who try to convince them that their happiness is fine at home. When one, a pottery smith, makes a small bundle selling his wares, they decide to make a much larger batch together and become rich.

Forced out of their homes by an approaching war and uncertain where to go, they take their wares to a thriving market place, where the second peasant's ambition to be a samurai divides them and causes all four characters, the two peasants and their wives, to be separated, all fending for themselves amongst the war and various classes differently.

At this point the film reverses itself and instead of being a pretty skin-deep, tragic bud of greed, it blooms into a beautiful and haunting tale of obsession and illusion. The two main stories of the peasants and their wives are opposite only in their imaged realism, where one peasant falls completely under the curse of an enchanting ghost and the other lies and steals his way to fame, only both of them are eventually knocked down from their own hubris and forced to finally awaken to what their wives have said all along.

It's quite exquisite, this movie, with its long takes and its lack of the usual constructs that make up messages of obsession and greed. Once it gets beyond the small, uncomfortable, claustrophobic world of the peasant's home, it becomes audaciously challenging and mysterious, so that the same small home becomes amazingly wonderful and comforting. The very essence of the movie is breathed into the emotions of the audience in very subtle ways, making a very unforgettable cinematic experience.

--PolarisDiB

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