Ugetsu (雨月物語) (1953) | Asian Restored Classics 2019

  • September 13, 2019 | 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM | Friday
  • Oldham Theatre


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Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
Runtime: 96 minutes
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Rating: PG (Some Violence)
Restored Version

13 Sep, Friday – 8PM
18 Sep, Wednesday – 8PM

Ugetsu is a piercing yet tender allegory of how a nation’s spiritual disorder precipitated the tragedies of World War II. In 16th-century Japan, amidst civil war, two men are lured into abndoning their families: farmer Genjuro by pursuing the wartime profits of his pottery sidetrade; his assistant Tobei by aspiring to be a warrior, seduced by military glory. The film traces the fate of their families as Genjuro is bewitched by the unearthly charms of a ghostly aristocratic patron, and as Tobei turns to crime to secure militry prestige. Renowned for its sophisticated long takes and subtle blending of period ralism with lyrical supernaturalism, Ugetsu is consistently hailed as one of the greatest film ever made.