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Ugetsu

Kenji Mizoguchi

 
Ugetsu (Criterion Blu-Ray)

6 Jun 2017

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

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  • Japan
  • 1953
  • 97 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #309

By the time he made Ugetsu, Kenji Mizoguchi was already an elder statesman of Japanese cinema, fiercely revered by Akira Kurosawa and other 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.

Credits

DirectorKenji Mizoguchi
ProducerMasaichi Nagata
From Tales of Moonlight and Rain byAkinari Ueda
ScreenplayMatsutaro Kawaguchi and Yoshikata Yoda
Director of photographyKazuo Miyagawa
Art directorKisaku Ito
Set designerUichiro Yamamoto
CostumesShima Yoshimi and Tadaoto Kainosho
MusicFumio Hayasaka
SoundIwao Otani and Akira Suzuki
EditorMitsuzo Miyata
MakeupZenya Fukuyama
HairRitsu Hanai

Disc Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • 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
  • An essay by film critic Phillip Lopate (Blu-ray and DVD) and three short stories that influenced Mizoguchi in making the film (Blu-ray only)

    Cover by Michael Boland

Film Essays

Ugetsu: From the Other Shore

By Phillip Lopate November 07, 2005

Often appearing on lists of the ten greatest films of all time, called one of the most beautiful films ever made, or the most masterful work of Japanese cinema, Ugetsu comes to us awash in . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Ugetsu

By Keiko McDonald December 28, 1993

Two masterful postwar films awakened audiences worldwide to the rich heritage of Japanese cinema: Kurosawa’s Rashomon (1951) and Mizoguchi’s Ugetsu (1953). Mizoguchi stepped into the . . . Read more »

Big Screen

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Repertory Pick: Ghostly Mizoguchi in Missouri

July 27, 2017

For the Ragtag Cinema in Columbia, Missouri, filmmaker David Lowery selects Ugetsu as a work that influenced his acclaimed new drama A Ghost Story. Read more »


Video

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The Thin Line Between Reality and Fantasy in Ugetsu

June 07, 2017

Japanese New Wave director Masahiro Shinoda discusses how Kenji Mizoguchi seamlessly weaves together harsh realism and spellbinding fantasy in his masterpiece Ugetsu. Read more »


Video

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On the Channel: Happily Ever After?

January 09, 2017

The glittering surfaces of classic fairy tales often mask undercurrents of emotional torment, spiritual foreboding, and moral transgression. This week, our latest series on the Criterion . . . Read more »


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Film Essays

Ugetsu: From the Other Shore

By Phillip Lopate November 07, 2005

Often appearing on lists of the ten greatest films of all time, called one of the most beautiful films ever made, or the most masterful work of Japanese cinema, Ugetsu comes to us awash in . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Ugetsu

By Keiko McDonald December 28, 1993

Two masterful postwar films awakened audiences worldwide to the rich heritage of Japanese cinema: Kurosawa’s Rashomon (1951) and Mizoguchi’s Ugetsu (1953). Mizoguchi stepped into the . . . Read more »

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