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Ugetsu / Ugetsu Monogatari

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Tookey's Rating
5 /10
Average Rating
8.47 /10
Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyo, Sakae Ozawa
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Directed by: Kenji Mizogushi
Written by: Matsutaro Kawaguchi, Yoshikata Yoda from tales by Akinari Ueda and Guy de Maupassant

Released: 1953
Origin: Japan
Colour: BW
Length: 94

Peasant potter (Masayuki Mori) and brother-in-law (Eitaro Ozawa) yield to carnal temptations in the city, whereupon their wives are punished for their husbands' sins.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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This beautiful, enigmatic, grindingly slow film made a big impression in the 50s; and many critics continue to regard it as a masterpiece. Its feminist theme (that women suffer through trying to indulge their menfolk) is unusual for its time and country of origin. Oscar -nominated for Best Costume Design (Tadaoto Kainoscho).

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