Ugetsu
Japan, 1953, 94 minutes
Ugetsu Synopsis

In the beginning of the springtime in the period of the Japanese Civil Wars of the Sixteenth Century in Lake Biwa in the Province of Omi, the family man farmer and craftsman Genjurô travels to Nagahama to sell his wares and makes a small fortune. His neighbor Tobei that is a fool man dreams on becoming a samurai, but he can not afford to buy the necessary outfit. The greedy Genjurô and Tobei work together manufacturing clay potteries, expecting to sell the pieces and enrich; however, their wives Miyage and Ohama are worried about the army of the cruel Shibata that is coming to their village and they warn their ambitious husbands. Their village is looted but the families flee and survive; Genjurô and Tobei decide to travel by boat with their wives and baby to sell the wares in a bigger town. When they meet another boat that was attacked by pirates, Genjurô decides to leave his wife and son on the bank of the river, promising to return in ten days. Genjurô, Tobei and Ohama raise a large amount but Tobei leaves his wife to buy the samurai outfit and seek fame and fortune. Meanwhile the female aristocratic Lady Wakasa and her servant ask Genjurô to bring her shopping to her fancy Kutsuki House. Sooner Genjurô and Tobei discover the price they have to pay for their ambition.

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Reviewed by vickypierre
Classic film is classic. Older Japanese films tend to be a little slow for my taste (Kurosawa excepted, of course) but this had me hooked. The characters were interesting,... more
Classic film is classic. Older Japanese films tend to be a little slow for my taste (Kurosawa excepted, of course) but this had me hooked. The characters were interesting, the sets were well made and there's a great, eerie mood to the whole thing that holds up right to the end. I like any film that mixes genres in an interesting way so I was pretty excited when this period drama turned into a ghost story halfway through. Essential viewing but be warned that this film is a real tearjerker.
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Reviewed by PhilipBHufflerub
This is the worst! Who would marry a ghost? I wouldn't care how much she liked my pottery, waking up every morning next to a big fat ghoul is just... more
This is the worst! Who would marry a ghost? I wouldn't care how much she liked my pottery, waking up every morning next to a big fat ghoul is just spooky! My own wife is scary enough! Heh heh. Jokes aside, the bits with the samurais were okay but ghost spouse just rubbed me all the wrongs ways. Ugetsu? More like u get screwed. Show it to your friends and u get sued. Show it to the public and u get booed. Make sure it's not the film that u next view. Better luck next time, Mr Gucci!
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  • Probably either my all-time favourite Japanese film or my all-time favourite Japanese film not directed by Ozu.

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