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Ugetsu [videorecording] / Janus Films ; a Daiei production ; produced by Masaichi Nagata ; screenplay by Matsutaro Kawaguchi, Yoshitaka Yoda ; directed by Kenji Mizoguchi.

Mizoguchi, Kenji, 1898-1956 (Added Author). Nagata, Masaichi, 1906-1985 (Added Author). Kawaguchi, Matsutar¿‍, 1899- (Added Author). Yoda, Yoshikata, 1909- (Added Author). Kyo, Machiko, 1924- (Added Author). Tanaka, Kinuyo, 1909-1977 (Added Author). Mito, Mitsuko. (Added Author). Mori, Masayuki, 1911- (Added Author). Ozawa, Sakae. (Added Author). Miyagawa, Kazuo, 1908-1999 (Added Author). It¿‍, Kisaku, 1899- (Added Author). Hayasaka, Fumio, 1914-1955 (Added Author). Ueda, Akinari, 1734-1809 Ugetsu monogatari. (Added Author). Maupassant, Guy de, 1850-1893 (Added Author). Shind¿‍, Kaneto, 1912- (Added Author). Janus Films. (Added Author). Daiei Kabushiki Kaisha. (Added Author). Criterion Collection (Firm) (Added Author). Machiko Kyo, Kinuyo Tanaka, Mitsuko Mito, Masayuki Mori, Sakae Ozawa. (Cast).
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Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs) ; 309.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Culver-Union Twp PL - Culver DVD FOREIGN UGETSU JAPANESE (Text) 34304000953076 Adult - DVD Checked out 12/09/2019

Record details

  • ISBN: 0780030303
  • Physical Description: 2 videodiscs (97 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (69 p. : ill.)
  • Edition: Special ed.
  • Publisher: [United States] : Criterion Collection, 2005.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Originally released as a motion picture in 1953.
Aspect ratio 1.33:1.
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.
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Cinematography, Kazuo Miyagawa; art direction, Kisaku Ito; music, Fumio Hayasaka.
Participant or Performer Note:
Machiko Kyo, Kinuyo Tanaka, Mitsuko Mito, Masayuki Mori, Sakae Ozawa.
Summary, etc.:
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.
Target Audience Note:
MPAA rating: Not rated.
System Details Note:
DVD; region 1; NTSC; Dolby Digital, mono.
Language Note:
Japanese language soundtrack with optional subtitles in English.
Awards Note:
Venice Film Festival, 1953: Silver lion.
Subject: Potters > Japan > Drama.
Japan > History > 1333-1600 > Drama.
Ghosts > Drama.
Man-woman relationships > Drama.
Motion pictures > Japan.
Genre: Feature films.
Japanese language films.
Japanese language films.

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