Ugetsu Monogatari

May 12, 2009


I recently wrote an essay on the dual planes of existence and experience which are explored in Mizoguchi’s classic film Ugetsu Monogatari, and I thought I’d share this clip I found on youtube. It’s an excerpt from one of the best sequences from the film during which the two main couples take a boat and attempt to flee from the coming armies, and illustrates just how the supernatural elements of the film are blended with the realist elements. If you haven’t watched this film it’s one of the best examples of Japanese cinema I’ve seen and as critics rightly claim one of the most beautiful films of all time. Check it out.

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One Response to “Ugetsu Monogatari”

  1. fche626 Says:

    This is such a gorgeous film. And truly, like no other, it blends the supernatural with scenes of stark realism. Poignant. A devastating ending, really, makes me cry every time I see it. I guess this is simply my favorite film 😛 nice post, a wonderful scene 🙂


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