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Ugetsu (1953)

Ugetsu monogatari (original title)
Approved | | Drama, Fantasy, War | 7 September 1954 (USA)
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
Eitarô Ozawa ...
Tôbei (as Sakae Ozawa)
Sugisaku Aoyama ...
Old Priest
Mitsusaburô Ramon ...
Captain of Tamba Soldiers
Ryôsuke Kagawa ...
Village Master
Kichijirô Ueda ...
Shop Owner
Shôzô Nanbu ...
Shintô Priest
Kikue Môri ...
Ukon
Ryûzaburô Mitsuoka ...
Soldier
Ichirô Amano ...
Boatsman
Eigorô Onoe ...
Knight
Saburô Date ...
Vassal
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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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7 September 1954 (USA)  »

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$6,154 (USA) (3 March 2017)

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$6,154 (USA) (3 March 2017)
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Trivia

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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Referenced in Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director (1975) See more »

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magical and moving
2 May 2004 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

This holds a special place in my heart, and I still consider it to be absolutely one of the very greatest films ever made for adults. The work of a mature artist, it resonates with Buddhist practice, and is a profoundly moving tale of the suffering of the human condition, the violence of war, the possibilities of art uplifting the spirit, the possibilities of redemption of character. The closing scene is one of such deeply-felt compassion and understanding that it is almost frightening; it prefigures in a way the stunning and more personal close of the subsequent Mizoguchi film "Sansho the Baliff".

On a lighter level, it is an amusingly sly allegory of the actual history of Japan for the 20 or so years prior to 1953, where in the end the women, embittered (or dead) as a result of their men's quixotic quest for military glory or war-profiteering, entreat them to give up their misguided and destructive dreams, settle down, and get back to their real responsibilities.

Which they did.

Originally available on LaserDisc.


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