Ugetsu Monogatari #MovieReview

Film 232 in the “1001 films to see before you die” challenge is 1953’s “Ugetsu Monogatari”. Based on Akinari Ueda’s novel of the same name, this Kenji Mizoguchi Japanese Drama, Fantasy, Mystery is about  Genjuro (Masayuki Mori) and Tobei (Sakae Ozawa) who sell their earthenware pots to a group of soldiers in a nearby village, in defiance of a local sage’s warning against seeking to profit from warfare. I really had no idea what was happening. All I got out of this film was that two couple make pots and sell them while avoiding troops who want to take the men for slave labour. I think as I had no subtitles to help me with the plot. Was is with these pots that make them valuable? Are they made out of the rarest clay in the world? Do they contain hidden goodies inside them? I don’t know and I began to not care. Overall, if you’re interested in how pots are made then this is the film for you. Apart from that, his isn’t great. In 2004, Roger Ebert had this to say about the film, “One of the greatest of all films.” Fun Fact –  director Kenji Mizoguchi was famous for his “scroll shots”, which panned across the landscape like a scroll painting. If you have seen this film then let me know what you thought of it in the comments. Here is what I had to say while watching 1953’s  “Ugetsu Monogatari”


Film – Ugetsu Monogatari
Year – 1953
Director – Kenji Mizoguchi
Written by – Matsutaro Kawaguchi, Yoshikata Yoda
Based On – “Ugestsu Monogatari” by Akinari Ueda
Staring – Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyo, Kinuyo Tanaka
IMDb Rating – 8.2/10
My Rating – I’m Lost……
Length – 96 min (1h 36min)
Genre – Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Its the 16th century
There’s a couple preparing for something
Someone wants to be a samurai against his wife’s wishes
The two men leave with the cart as their wives tell an old man everything
They return with money but his mate stayed to become a samurai
We find his mate sneaking into a temple but gets laughed out by samurais
So.. Rather than use the money to improve their house, they spend it all on a kimora?!
Shibata and his men are coming to their house tomorrow
Tobei returns home and gets abused by his wife
The next day, Genjiru and his wife make pots
That’s a lot of pots for one couple to make in a day
The wives talk as Shibata’s men arrive
Surely having a wooden torch lit next to a wooden house isn’t a smart idea
Shibata’s men are here to find men to do labour work
Wait… Are they burning down their own house?
Some people escape and take refuge in the woods
Meanwhile, Tobie steals samurai armour
Genjiro gets restless and returns home to gets his pots
Shibata’s men are still looking for people as Genjiro and his wife hise
Making that much noise would clearly set off the guards
Tobei and his wife arrive and help carry the pots to an abandoned boat
I am not entirely sure what is happening
Also… Did they leave their son behind just so they can sell pots? – Bad parenting!!!
I’m Lost…..


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