Ugetsu

Show More

Comments (4)

Anonymous picture
Betty

Beautiful, haunting, superb and wise.

Anonymous picture
Aaron

Has to be one of my favorite vintage Japanese fictions. It is truly masterful in the transitions of scenes, and the unique depiction of ghosts.

Carmen avatar
Carmen

This is one of the finest ghost stories of all time, derived from the writings of Guy de Maupassant.

Anonymous picture
Casey

The book this is based on was written a hundred years before Guy de Maupassant was born.

Related videos

Street of Shame
For his final film, Mizoguchi brought a lifetime of experience to bear on the heartbreaking tale of a brothel full of women whose dreams are constantly being shattered by the socioeconomic realities surrounding them. Set in Tokyo's Red Light District (the literal translation of the Japanese title), Street of Shame…
The Human Condition: Parts 1 & 2
Masaki Kobayashi's mammoth humanist drama is one of the most staggering achievements of Japanese cinema. Originally filmed and released in three parts, the nine-and-a-half-hour The Human Condition(Ningen no joken), adapted from Junpei Gomikawa's six-volume novel, tells of the journey of the well-intentioned yet naive Kaji (handsome Japanese superstar Tatsuya Nakadai)…
I Live in Fear
Both the final film of this period in which Akira Kurosawa would directly wrestle with the demons of the Second World War and his most literal representation of living in an atomic age, the galvanizing I LIVE IN FEAR presents Toshiro Mifune as an elderly, stubborn businessman so fearful of…
Floating Weeds
In 1959, Yasujiro Ozu remade his 1934 silent classic A Story of Floating Weeds in color with the celebrated cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa (Rashomon, Ugetsu). Setting this later version in a seaside location, Ozu otherwise preserves the details of his elegantly simple plot wherein an aging actor returns to a small…
Throne of Blood
A vivid, visceral Macbeth adaptation, Throne of Blood, directed by Akira Kurosawa, sets Shakespeare's definitive tale of ambition and duplicity in a ghostly, fog-enshrouded landscape in feudal Japan. As a hardened warrior who rises savagely to power, Toshiro Mifune gives a remarkable, animalistic performance, as does Isuzu Yamada as his…
Ikiru
Considered by some to be Akira Kurosawa's greatest achievement, IKIRU presents the director at his most compassionate--affirming life through an exploration of a man's death. Takashi Shimura portrays Kanji Watanabe, an aging bureaucrat with stomach cancer forced to strip the veneer off his existence and find meaning in his final…
Fires on the Plain
An agonizing portrait of desperate Japanese soldiers stranded in a strange land during World War II, Kon Ichikawa's FIRES ON THE PLAIN is a compelling descent into psychological and physical oblivion. Denied hospital treatment for tuberculosis and cast off into the unknown, Private Tamura treks across an unfamiliar Philippine landscape,…
When A Woman Ascends the Stairs
When a Woman Ascends the Stairs might be Japanese filmmaker Mikio Naruse's finest hour--a delicate, devastating study of a woman, Keiko (played heartbreakingly by Hideko Takamine), who works as a bar hostess in Tokyo's very modern postwar Ginza district, who entertains businessmen after work. Sly, resourceful, but trapped, Keiko comes…
Equinox Flower
Later in his career, Ozu started becoming increasingly sympathetic with the younger generation, a shift that was cemented in EQUINOX FLOWER, his gorgeously detailed first color film, about an old-fashioned father and his newfangled daughter.
The Human Condition: Parts 5 & 6
Masaki Kobayashi's mammoth humanist drama is one of the most staggering achievements of Japanese cinema. Originally filmed and released in three parts, the nine-and-a-half-hour The Human Condition(Ningen no joken), adapted from Junpei Gomikawa's six-volume novel, tells of the journey of the well-intentioned yet naive Kaji (handsome Japanese superstar Tatsuya Nakadai)…
The End of Summer
The Kohayakawa family is thrown into distress when childlike father Manbei takes up with his old mistress, in one of Ozu's most deftly modulated blendings of comedy and tragedy. Additional Reading: http://www.criterion.com/current/posts/634-eclipse-series-3-late-ozu
Wild Geese
Hideko Takamine stars as Otama, a young woman who is forced to become a mistress to a married, middle-aged man in order to support her father, in this meiji period drama directed by Shiro Toyoda.