Location: Redstone Theater
Dir. Kenji Mizoguchi. 1953, 94 mins. 35mm. In Japanese with English subtitles. With Kinuyo Tanaka, Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyo. In wartorn sixteenth-century Japan, two brothers, Genjuro and Tobei, prodded by their ambition, leave their wives and their village behind to pursue respective dreams of wealth and martial glory. Initial good fortune only increases their yen for adventure, and on their next venture out, they encounter a beguiling noblewoman, Lady Wakasa, who puts further temptations before them—though she may not be of this earth. Featuring some of Mizoguchi’s most otherworldly and unforgettable imagery, the extraordinary Ugetsu is considered by many critics as one of the greatest of all films.
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