Ugetsu

Ugetsu ★★★★

Often considered by many as an important milestone in cinema Mizoguchi's Ugetsu was also a key film in the rising fame of Japanese Cinema in the west. Shot so beautifully that the film feels unearthly (and hints at the supernatural elements), Ugetsu is an experience of classic cinema that still holds up after almost seventy years.

That said, the fates of the men in the film don't feel to be the result of their individual choices but rather their individual choices feel to serve their ultimate fate. This reduces the power of the film's themes and morals and even though the ending is emotional, my takeaways are not as strong as they might have been.

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