Japanese Cinema, Yesterday and Today
Ugetsu monogatari (1953) 96 minutes by Kenji Mizoguchi
Introduction and commentary by Linda DeLibero, director, Program in Film & Media Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Ugetsu monogatari - Based on author Ueda Akinari’s collection of nine supernatural tales of the Ming dynasty, Ugetsu monogatari (or “Tales of Ugetsu”) tells the story of a man who abandons his wife and son for a female ghost, enduring tragedy as he discovers the wages of supernatural sin.
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