Kenji Mizoguchi: Ugetsu Monogatari. 1953. (Japan)

Mizoguchi’s Ugetsu Monogatari ( “Tales of the Moon Obscured by Rainclouds“) left me with a peculiar aftertaste. Appreciative yet not. What remained with me strongly though is the ‘atmospherics’ (for the lack of a better expression) of the cinematic effort. ‘Ugetsu’ continues to be a very fine example of mid century Japanese revisiting of traditional cultural material to prop up a morality tale of enduring charm. Look out for Kinuyo Tanaka’s Miyagi, Mitsuko Mito’s Ohama and Mizoguchi’s ‘feminism’.

I Racconti Della Luna Pallida d'Agosto - Ugetsu monogatari Kenji Mizoguchi 1953

 

Related Posts

Share this! :)

15
Leave a Reply

avatar
15 Comment threads
0 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
1 Comment authors
NatarajanV GhentSophia Nchinulipi Recent comment authors
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Natarajan
Guest
Natarajan

A classic as it gets! Great morality tale.

V Ghent
Guest
V Ghent

Takes patience, but quite a treat.

Sophia N
Guest
Sophia N

I love Japanese culture and this is such a great treasure.

chinu
Guest
chinu

what a brave movie from the early years………

thank you sir for posting.

lipi
Guest
lipi

strange trip back in time….ty

Choy
Guest
Choy

I love the way how the men realise their folly and come to their senses.

Kuyen
Guest
Kuyen

Very definitely a world classic and worth seeing at least once,,,,,,,,,,,,,!

dipak r
Guest
dipak r

Nice. It was like watching a play on a stage at times, but nice..

Madeline C
Guest
Madeline C

movies like these are not made anymore..sadly. its such a strong pro woman movie from the 50s

Chizei
Guest
Chizei

I think Ueda Akinari initiated the modern tradition of weird fiction in Japan with his Ugetsu Monogatari, good morality story.

Danny
Guest
Danny

In most reviews this has been described as a Ghost Story, I did not feel so. Yes, the supernatural is there, but it is only used to tell a very natural human story of false ambitions and the grace of womanhood. Liked it.

showmya
Guest
showmya

lovely movie poster. don’t see these around any more….and i am sucker for all things Jap. ;-)

NK
Guest
NK

takes a little while getting used to the acting and dialog style, but quite ok..is boring in bits but.

Roxy
Guest
Roxy

Someone just dug out a gem. Thank you!

Fiona
Guest
Fiona

Just an aside as I am struggling with something… is it “Ugetsu monogatari” or “Ugetsu Monogatari”? I’ve seen the same publication properly capitalize names of English-speaking films but for some reason they don’t do this with foreign films. I’ve seen it done differently in different articles. It’s driving me crazy when I’m doing my own writing. What is the proper way to do it? Anyone?