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Ugetsu (1953)

Ugetsu monogatari (original title)
A tale of ambition, family, love, and war set in the midst of the Japanese Civil Wars of the sixteenth century.

Director:

Kenji Mizoguchi

Writers:

Matsutarô Kawaguchi (adaptation), Hisakazu Tsuji (idea) (as Kyûchi Tsuji) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Machiko Kyô ... Lady Wakasa
Mitsuko Mito ... Ohama
Kinuyo Tanaka ... Miyagi
Masayuki Mori ... Genjurô
Eitarô Ozawa Eitarô Ozawa ... Tôbei (as Sakae Ozawa)
Sugisaku Aoyama Sugisaku Aoyama ... Old Priest
Mitsusaburô Ramon Mitsusaburô Ramon ... Captain of Tamba Soldiers
Ryôsuke Kagawa Ryôsuke Kagawa ... Village Master
Kichijirô Ueda Kichijirô Ueda ... Shop Owner
Shôzô Nanbu Shôzô Nanbu ... Shintô Priest
Kikue Môri Kikue Môri ... Ukon
Ryûzaburô Mitsuoka Ryûzaburô Mitsuoka ... Soldier
Ichirô Amano Ichirô Amano ... Boatsman
Eigorô Onoe Eigorô Onoe ... Knight
Saburô Date Saburô Date ... Vassal
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Storyline

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 travels to Nagahama to sell his wares and makes a small fortune. His neighbor Tobei 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 and Ohama 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... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

7 September 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tales of Ugetsu See more »

Filming Locations:

Daiei Studios, Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,154, 3 March 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,154, 3 March 2017
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Daiei Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The stories of Akinari Ueda were not the only literary sources that the movie's scriptwriters drew upon. They also was inspired by the comic story "How He Got the Legion of Honor" by Guy de Maupassant for the subplot involving Tôbee's fanatical desire to become a samurai. See more »

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After the soldier cuts off the general's head there's no blood on his sword. See more »

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Family, War, Greedy and Ghosts
10 February 2010 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

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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