Sunday, March 25, 2012

Ugetsu



Ugetsu (The Criterion Collection)

Ugetsu is a 1953 Japanese film directed by Kenji Mizoguchi. Set in 16th century Japan, it stars Masayuki Mori and Machiko Kyō, and is inspired by short stories by Ueda Akinari and Guy de Maupassant. It is one of Mizoguchi's most celebrated films, regarded by critics as a masterwork of Japanese cinema, a definitive piece during Japan's Golden Age of Film.
The film's original Japanese title is Ugetsu monogatari (雨月物語), which means "Tales of the Moon and Rain", sometimes translated as "Tales of Moonlight and Rain" or "Tales Of The Pale And Silvery Moon After The Rain". The title was shortened when the film was released in the United States.

Masayuki Mori as Genjurō
Machiko Kyō as Lady Wakasa
Kinuyo Tanaka as Miyagi
Eitarō Ozawa as Tōbei (as Sakae Ozawa)
Ikio Sawamura as Genichi
Mitsuko Mito as Ohama
Kikue Mōri as Ukon
Ryōsuke Kagawa as Village Master
Eigoro Onoe as Knight
Saburo Date as Vassal
Sugisaku Aoyama as Old Priest
Reiko Kongo as Old Woman in Brothel
Shozo Nanbu as Shinto Priest
Ichirō Amano as Boatsman
Kichijirō Ueda as Shop Owner
Teruko Omi as Prostitute
Keiko Koyanagi as Prostitute
Mitsusaburō Ramon as Captain of Tamba Soldiers
Jun Fujikawa as Lost Soldier
Ryuuji Fukui as Lost Soldier
Masayoshi Kikuno as Soldier
Hajime Koshikawa
Sugisaka Koyama as High Priest
Ryuzaburo Mitsuoka as Soldier
Koji Murata
Fumihiko Yokoyama

Ugetsu won the Silver Lion Award for Best Direction at the Venice Film Festival in 1953. The film appeared in Sight and Sound magazine's top ten critics poll of the greatest movies ever made, which is held once every decade, in 1962 and 1972. In 2000, The Village Voice newspaper ranked Ugetsu at #29 on their list of the 100 best films of the 20th century.

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