Ugetsu (Ugetsu monogatari)
Ugetsu (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

Directed By:
Rated: Unrated
Running Time:
Release Date: September 7, 1954
DVD Release Date: November 8, 2005
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Available Online

Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

With rare humanity, Mizoguchi reveals the toll these misadventures take on the souls of both men and their wives, many moments an uncanny synthesis of the realistic and the otherworldly.

Full review…
Rod McShane
Time Out

A ravishingly composed, evocatively beautiful film.

Full review…
Annie Wagner
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Part sensual ghost story and part cautionary tale about profiteering from war, Ugetsu is a stunning film.

Full review…
Variety Staff

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

Full review…
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

One of the greatest of all films.

Full review…
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

It is maybe even the most important of all war movies, despite showing not more than a few minutes of anything we might properly consider to be "combat".

Full review…
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!'

Full review…
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.

Full review…
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Rarely, however, has its visual beauty been equaled.

Full review…
More reviews for Ugetsu (Ugetsu monogatari)

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