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A tale of ambition, family, love, and war set in the midst of the Japanese Civil Wars of the sixteenth century.

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Lady Wakasa
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Ohama
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Miyagi
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Genjurô
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Tôbei (as Sakae Ozawa)
Sugisaku Aoyama ...
Old Priest
Mitsusaburô Ramon ...
Captain of Tamba Soldiers
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Village Master
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Shop Owner
Shôzô Nanbu ...
Shintô Priest
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Ukon
Ryûzaburô Mitsuoka ...
Soldier
Ichirô Amano ...
Boatsman
Eigorô Onoe ...
Knight
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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
Hachirô Ôkuni ...
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 Kongô ...
Old Woman in Brothel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kazue Tamaki ...
Villager

Directed by

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Kenji Mizoguchi

Written by

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Matsutarô Kawaguchi ... (adaptation)
 
Hisakazu Tsuji ... (idea) (as Kyûchi Tsuji)
 
Akinari Ueda ... (stories Asaji Ga Yado and Jasei No In)
 
Yoshikata Yoda ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Masaichi Nagata ... producer

Music by

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Fumio Hayasaka
Tamekichi Mochizuki
Ichirô Saitô

Cinematography by

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Kazuo Miyagawa

Film Editing by

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Mitsuzô Miyata

Production Design by

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Masatsugu Hashimoto

Art Direction by

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Kisaku Itô

Set Decoration by

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Kosaburô Nakajima

Costume Design by

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Tadaoto Kainoshô
Shima Yoshizane ... (as Shima Yoshimi)

Makeup Department

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Yoshiya Fukuyama ... makeup artist
Ritsu Hanai ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Kazuhiko Oohashi ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Tokuzô Tanaka ... assistant director

Art Department

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Uichirô Yamamoto ... set designer
Seiichi Ôta ... assistant art director

Sound Department

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Akira Suzuki ... sound recordist
Iwao Ôtani ... sound recordist

Camera and Electrical Department

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En'nosuke Asada ... still photographer
Yasuo Iwamoto ... lighting technician
Kenichi Okamoto ... gaffer
Shôzô Tanaka ... camera operator

Other crew

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Emi Kimura ... archivist
Kinshichi Kodera ... choreographer
Kinnosuke Matsunami ... stage manager
Tasaburô Oota ... background design
Shôichi Yamane ... movement director

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 amount but Tobei leaves his wife to buy the samurai outfit and seek fame and fortune. Meanwhile the female aristocratic Lady Wakasa 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. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Also Known As
  • 雨月物語 (Japan, Japanese title)
  • Tales of Ugetsu (United States)
  • Ugetsu (United States)
  • Ugetsu Monogatari (United Kingdom)
  • Les contes de la lune vague après la pluie (France)
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  • 96 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia The plot is a combination of two tales from the work of Ueda Akinari called "Tales of moon and rain". See more »
Goofs After the soldier cuts off the general's head there's no blood on his sword. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Origins of the 21st Century (2000). See more »

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