Ugetsu Monogatari

Japan 1953

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Ugetsu / Tales of Ugetsu / Tales of a Pale and Mysterious Moon After the Rain
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Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi

Presented in a manner as eerie as it is heartbreaking, this film is a gorgeous supernatural fable about the folly of men with dreams larger than their abilities and their women who suffer as a result. Genjuro (Masuyaki Mori) is a potter who longs for wealth and luxury, while Tobei (Sakae Ozawa), a farmer, dreams of the glories of the samurai to the point of ignoring his wife. Though a war rages around them, they venture to town to sell their wares. Genjuro becomes bewitched by a beautiful though vengeful ghost (Machiko Kyo), while obei becomes a noted warrior. However, things aren't quite so good for their wives back home

a.k.a. Ugetsu / Tales of Ugetsu / Tales of a Pale and Mysterious Moon After the Rain

Masayuki Mori as Genjurô
Machiko Kyô as Lady Wakasa
Kinuyo Tanaka as Miyagi
Eitarô Ozawa as To^bei (as Sakae Ozawa)
Ikio Sawamura as Genichi
Mitsuko Mito as Ohama
Kikue Môri as Ukon
Ryosuke Kagawa as Village master
Eigoro Onoe as Knight
Saburo Date as Vassal
Sugisaku Aoyama as Old Priest
Reiko Kondo
Shozo Nanbu as Shinto Priest
Kozabuno Ramon as Captain of Niwa
Ichirô Amano as Boatsman

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