Ugetsu Monogatari (1953)

Genres - Fantasy  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Fantasy, Period Film  |   Run Time - 96 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |  
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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 the women who suffer as a result. In 16th century Japan, Genjuro (Masayuki Mori) is a potter who longs for wealth and luxury, while Tobei (Sakae Ozawa), a farmer, dreams of the glories of the samurai to the point of ignoring his wife (Mitsuko Mito). Though a war rages around them, they venture to town to sell their wares. Genjuro becomes bewitched by a beautiful yet vengeful ghost (Machiko Kyo), while his wife (Kinuyo Tanaka) is murdered by a soldier; Tobei becomes a noted warrior, while his wife descends into prostitution after being raped while searching for her husband.

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Keywords

aspiration, dreams, peasant, career, fable, suffering, women, ghost, supernatural, warrior, luxury, pottery, prostitute/prostitution, rape, wealth, civil-war, Samurai

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High Artistic Quality, High Historical Importance