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Mizoguchi, Kenji, 1898-1956, film director.
Two-DVD special edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Criterion Collection, [2017]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (97 min.) : DVD video, sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 bonus disc
"By the time he made Ugetsu, Kenji Mizoguchi was already an elder statesman of Japanese cinema, fiercely revered by Akira Kurosawa and other younger directors of a younger generation. And with this exquisite ghost story, a fatalistic wartime tragedy derived from stories by Akinari Ueda and Guy de Maupassant, he created a touchstone of his art, his long takes and sweeping camera guiding the viewer through a delirious narrative about two villagers whose pursuit of fame and fortune leads them far astray from their loyal wives. Moving between the terrestrial and the otherworldly, Ugetsu reveals essential truths about the ravages of war, the plight of women, and the pride of men"--Container.
General Note:
Title from title frame.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1953.

Based on "Tales of Moonlight and Rain" by Akinari Ueda.

Restored by The Film Foundation and KADOKAWA Corporation.

Special features: New 4K digital restoration; Audio commentary by critic, filmmaker, and festival programmer Tony Rayns; Kenji Mizoguchi: the life of a film director, a 1975 documentary by Kaneto Shindo; Two Worlds Intertwined, a 2005 appreciation of Ugetsu by Masahiro Shinoda; Process and Production, a 2005 interview with Tokuzo Tanaka, first assistant director on Ugetsu; Interview from 1992 with cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa; Trailers. Container insert includes the essay "From the Other Shore" by film critic Phillip Lopate.
[disc 1]. Ugetsu [and special features] -- [disc 2]. Aru eiga kantoku no shōgai : shikaban = Kenji Mizoguchi: the life of a film director.
Reading Level:
Not rated.
Added Uniform Title:
Container of (work): Ugetsu monogatari (Motion picture)
Added Title:
Aru eiga kantoku no shōgai.
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DVD 74256 Adult DVD Media Room-Foreign Language Video

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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. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi