Ugetsu

Ugetsu

DVD - 2005 | Japanese
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In sixteenth century Japan a village potter and his brother-in-law set out for the city to seek their fortunes in the spoils of war. Their neglected wives suffer the bitter consequences of their husbands' ambition as one is murdered by soldiers and the other is raped and becomes a prostitute.

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sakanataka
Mar 16, 2016

This film delivers a strong moral message about ambition and the damage it can do.

NewYorkViews Mar 24, 2015

Great cinematography. A film about 16th Century Japanese warfare's effects on a safe, tiny farming village that also makes quality pottery. Two married men--a farmer/pottery maker and a samurai wannabe leave their wives to embark on a merchant venture so that they can buy their wives kimonos. This film is about not honorable soldiers, soldiers of horror, and how they can ruin families and villages, towns.

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Nursebob
Feb 06, 2015

Brilliant film about the dire consequences of unchecked ambition and the illusory nature of celebrity. Two men, two desperate quests for material success, two tragic realizations that the single-minded pursuit of fame and fortune often comes with a horrible price. Mizoguchi's masterful use of light and composition raises the somewhat terse dialogue to poetic heights. A quiet masterpiece.

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1aa
Jan 24, 2015

Unique... inimitable... odd and haunting music... the wholeness despite the splitting of the three classical unities (time, place, action)... one is left wonder-struck and tingling.

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ms_mustard
Jan 26, 2014

pottery, samurai, prostitutes and spirits.
greed and war cause separation and death followed by reconciliation and repentance.

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pokano
Dec 15, 2013

A morality tale with strong acting performances. Two wives of village men suffer grievously due to their husbands' greed. The husbands live to regret their actions.

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ausnos
Apr 30, 2012

This is a powerful film about two men and their excessive greed and disregard for their wives (and child). I had a lot of mixed feelings while viewing it, chiefly my disgust for the immaturity of these men. What I found refreshing, however, was the ending and to see what transpired out of all their suffering. This story has a strong moral.

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