Ugetsu

Ugetsu ★★★★★

Good Lord. I considered waiting to review this film, let my thoughts sink in so I can type something coherent and interesting, but sometimes I think it is better to just express a genuine emotional response to something beautiful.

Ugetsu is astonishingly beautiful, I couldn't take my eyes off of it. The story of two men both unfortunately driven by greed, albeit different types, with Genjuro obsessed with gold and fortune and Tobei warped by the potential glory of the status and stature of becoming a samurai. These choices lead them down selfish paths, destroying the lives of their wives as a result.

The landscapes are strikingly beautiful in black and white, often filled with darkness and shadows and a dense ominous fog. The performances were incredible, drawing a real emotional response from me as I absorbed everything I saw.

Sadly, this film was never even on my radar, only recently seeking it out on Hulu due to positive word of mouth. This will not be my only viewing of Ugetsu, I already can't wait to come back for more.