Mizoguchi's Ugetsu Monogatari [Tales of the Rain and Moon, aka Ugetsu]
is a highly acclaimed masterwork of Japanese cinema. Based on a pair of 18th century ghost stories by Ueda Akinari, the film's release continued Mizoguchi's introduction to the West, where it was nominated for an Oscar and won the the Venice Film Festival's Silver Lion award (for Best Direction).
In 16th century Japan, amidst the pandemonium of civil war, potter Genj r (Mori Masayuki) and samurai-aspirant Tobei (Ozawa Sakae) set out with their wives in search of wealth and military glory respectively. Two parallel tales ensue when the men are lured from their wives: Genj r by the ghostly charm of Lady Wakasa (Kyo Machiko); Tobei by the dream of military glory.
Famed for its meticulously orchestrated long takes and its subtle blending of realistic period reconstruction and lyrical supernaturalism, Ugetsu Monogatari
is an intensely poetic tragedy that consistently features on polls of the best films ever made. SPECIAL DUAL FORMAT EDITION FEATURES:
- Newly restored high-definition transfer of Ugetsu Monogatari
- Mizoguchi's Oy -sama (also in 1080p on the Blu-ray)
- Optional English subtitles on both features
- Tony Rayns video discussions of Ugetsu Monogatari [9:00] and Oy -sama [13:00]
- Original Japanese and Spanish theatrical trailers for Ugetsu Monogatari
- llustrated booklet featuring rare archival imagery and award-winning translations of the 18th century Ueda Akinari stories adapted in Ugetsu Monogatari