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Uniform Title Ugetsu monogatari (Motion picture)
Title Ugetsu [videorecording] / Janus Films ; a Daiei production ; produced by Masaichi Nagata ; screenplay by Matsutaro Kawaguchi, Yoshitaka Yoda ; directed by Kenji Mizoguchi.

Imprint [United States] : Criterion Collection, [2005].


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library DVD    Ja UGE    Available
Edition Special ed.
Description 2 videodiscs (97 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (69 p. : ill.)
Series The Criterion collection ; 309
Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs) ; 309.
Note Originally released as a motion picture in 1953.
Special features: Disc 1. New restored high-definition digital transfer; audio commentary by critic, filmmaker and festival programmer Tony Rayns; Process and production, a 20-minute video interview with Tokuzo Tanaka, first assistant director of Ugetsu; 10-minute video interview with cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa, from 1992; theatrical trailers; new and improved English subtitles -- disc 2. Kenji Mizoguchi : the life of a film director (1975), a 150-minute documentary by filmmaker Kaneto Shindo, with new and improved English subtitles.
Accompanying booklet features an essay by film critic Phillip Lopate and three short stories that influenced Mizoguchi in making the film: "The house in the thicket" and "A serpent's lust" by Akinara Ueda from his book "Ugetsu monogatari" and "How he got the Legion of Honor" by Guy de Maupassant.
Credits Cinematography, Kazuo Miyagawa; art direction, Kisaku Ito; music, Fumio Hayasaka.
Cast Machiko Kyo, Kinuyo Tanaka, Mitsuko Mito, Masayuki Mori, Sakae Ozawa.
Summary Set in 16th century Japan, a period of bloody civil war, the film is rooted in the postwar psyche of 1950s Japan. It focuses on an ambitious potter haunted by a beautiful ghost and a farmer who dreams of becoming a samurai.
Audience MPAA rating: Not rated.
System Details DVD, region 1, full screen (1.33:1) presentation ; Dolby Digital mono.
Language Japanese dialogue, optional subtitles in English.
Awards Venice Film Festival, 1953: Silver lion.
Subject Potters -- Japan -- Drama.
Ghost plays
Man-woman relationships -- Drama.
Japan -- History -- 1333-1600 -- Drama.
Genre/Form Melodrama.
Motion pictures, Japanese.
Added Author Mizoguchi, Kenji, 1898-1956.
Nagata, Masaichi, 1906-1985.
Kawaguchi, Matsutarō, 1899-1985.
Yoda, Yoshikata, 1909-1991-
Kyo, Machiko, 1924-
Tanaka, Kinuyo, 1909-1977.
Mito, Mitsuko.
Mori, Masayuki, 1911-1973.
Ozawa, Sakae.
Miyagawa, Kazuo, 1908-1999.
Itō, Kisaku, 1899-1967.
Hayasaka, Fumio, 1914-1955.
Maupassant, Guy de, 1850-1893.
Shindō, Kaneto, 1912-2012-
Ueda, Akinari, 1734-1809. Ugetsu monogatari.
Janus Films.
Daiē, Kabushiki Kaisha.
Criterion Collection (Firm)
Added Title Kenji Mizoguchi, the life of a film director.
ISBN 0780030303
Standard No. 037429209325
Music No. UGE020 Criterion Collection

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