Ugetsu monogatari
Ugetsu monogatari (1954)

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. Genjuro (Masuyaki Mori) is a potter who… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 8, 2005
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Consensus: With its thought-provoking themes, rich atmosphere, and brilliant direction, Kenji Mizoguchi's Ugetsu monogatari is a towering classic of world cinema.

Variety Staff
Variety

Tale of two men in seething 16th-century Japan has a color and panorama which makes this absorbing film fare.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

One of the greatest of all films.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Rarely, however, has its visual beauty been equaled.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

A marvelously wise and moving classic, but also one full of sights that might make you cry, like Genjuro, 'I never imagined such pleasures existed!'

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Kenji Mizoguchi, who directed, has a fantastic flexibility in using his actors and his camera, as witness his range in this film.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

In exploring the transience of happiness and the injustice of patriarchal society, Mizoguchi makes lyrical use of gliding long takes that reinforce his material and mystical themes. It's a work of sheer genius.

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Rod McShane
Time Out

A ravishingly composed, evocatively beautiful film.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Densely plotted but as emotionally subtle as its name, Ugetsu is one of the great experiences of cinema.

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Total Film

Mizoguchi's graceful, meditative camera style lends quiet intensity to the drama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Pierluigi Puccini
Beautiful morality tale. When dreaming with a better life becomes greater, blinding us, foreshadowing everything we have, and this seemingly improved life… More
Randy Tippy
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)… More
Bruce Bruce
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… More
Cindy I
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… More
danny d
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… More
Saskia D.
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.… More