Drama | Japanese with English subtitles | 94 minutes

A tale about two men, Genjūrō, a potter, and his brother-in-law, Tōbei, living in 16th-century Japan. They plan a get-rich-quick scheme: selling pottery to the residents of a nearby village. They leave their wives, Miyagi and Ohama,  in defiance of a local sage’s warning against profiteering during  the warfare that was going on. As the ambitious Genjūrō  sees riches, he is seduced by the beautiful, ghost-like Lady Wakasa. Meanwhile, Tōbei  pursues his dream of becoming a Samurai warrior.  Reality sets in when both men witness how their adventures were destroying their wives.
Masayuki Mori (Genjūrō) / Eitarô Ozawa (Tōbei) / Kinuyo Tanaka (Miyagi) / Mitsuko Mito (Ohama) / Machiko Kyō (Lady Wakasa)
Why Stream This Film?
Film critic Donald Richie called Ugetsu “one of the most perfect movies in the history of Japanese cinema.” Martin Scorsese listed it as one of his all-time favorite films. 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 100%
  • Cahiers du Cinéma: Winner, Best Film
  • Venice International Film Festival: Winner, Best Director (Kenji Mizoguchi)
  • The film received a perfect 100% Rotten Tomatoes score
UGETSU is one of the greatest of all films – one which helped introduce Japanese cinema to Western audiences. The heroes are rough-hewn and consumed by ambition, but the film style is elegant and mysterious.
Roger Ebert

Tale of two men in seething 16th-century Japan has a color and panorama which makes this absorbing film fare.


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