Ugetsu Monogatari (1953)

Essential Viewing
Japan
Feature Film
Original Title: 雨月物語
Director: Mizoguchi Kenji
Writers: Yoda Yoshikata, Kawaguchi Matsutarō, Tsuji Kyūchi, Ueda Akinari
Cinematographer: Miyagawa Kazuo
Composers: Hayasaka Fumio, Mochizuki Tamekichi, Saitō Ichirō
Cast: Mori Masayuki, Kyō Machiko, Tanaka Kinuyo, Ozawa Sakae, Sawamura Ikio, Mito Mitsuko, Mōri Kikue

In Mizoguchi’s beautifully photographed and disquietingly scored supernatural tale, set in 16th century feudal Japan, two men abandon their wives when they become seduced by, respectively, the glamour and honour of the samurai way of life and the material pleasures of big business, only coming to their senses when tragedy and near tragedy strike their loved ones. Iain.Stott