Beautiful morality tale. When dreaming with a better life becomes greater, blinding us, foreshadowing everything we have, and this seemingly improved life gained reveals itself as a mirage, a pile of nothingness, that's the only time people feel the urge to get back home. There a...
Presented in a manner as eerie as it is heartbreaking, this film is a gorgeous supernatural fable about the folly of men with dreams larger than their abilities and their women who suffer as a result.... read more
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October 28, 2011
September 29, 2011
From the Criterion Collection, Spine No. 309. Hailed by critics as one of the greatest films ever made, Kenji Mizoguchi's Ugetsu is an undisputed masterpiece of Japanese cinema. Set in the 16th Century, A family man farmer and craftsman Genjurô travels to Nagahama to sell his wa...
January 23, 2010
i hadnt seen this film in a few years, and it was even better the second time. one of the best film presentations of what happens when a man puts ambition over the love and needs of his own family. mizoguchi is a master with the camera and the musical score heightened the ghost...
December 28, 2009
Mizoguchi's masterful rendering of ambition and greed. I loved the supernatural elements of the story. Every bit as good as (if not better than) Sansho the Bailiff.
August 3, 2009
This beautifully done film is a sobering tale about the consequences of chasing selfish desires, in the guise of a ghost story. Two men are at the centerpiece -- one who follows a mysterious woman back to her palace and forgets his family in the joy he has found with her, the oth...
September 7, 2008
What can I possibly say that will give this movie the credit it deserves?
Wealth and happiness mean nothing if it can't be shared with the ones you love. And in the end you might end up sacrificing more than you wish to.
It's one of the oldest lessons in the world I guess, and...
December 24, 2007
a gorgeous film about hope and regret and the danger of dreams. i loved the supernatural elements and the final scene is extraordinarily touching.
June 3, 2007
A deep, haunting folktale movie. Crisply filmed and beautifully arranged, Ugetsu is an awesome looking movie despite its 55-year age. Some of the panoramas, filled with tall swaying grass and empty blue expanses, are astonishing.
Ugetsu's acting is pretty typical of the origin ...
March 24, 2011fb1142797643
Spellbinding film...the best I've seen in months. Exquisite cinematography, lighting and locations, plus an eerie story with universal themes that Westerners easily can understand. Resisting the wicked allure of money and glory? Learning to appreciate one's spouse? Equally valid ...
January 23, 2009
This film is so strange and engrossing. It sort of works like a live action fairy. The film seems to not do too much but with great sets, and a hell of a way to shoot them, and just an eerie mood throughout, it really grabs you.
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