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Ugetsu (1953) - B&W - 94 min

LikeTelevision™ proudly presents director Kenji Mizoguchi's 1953 classic tale of greed and ambition called Ugetsu (a.k.a. Ugetsu monogatari). This film features many of the same actors in Kurosawa's epic, Rashomon from 1950 - and also offers a story line that reminds one of the first tale from Kwaidan called Black Hair.

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Directed by - Kenji Mizoguchi

(1953) - B&W - 94 min
In the midst of War and unrest caused by opportunistic bandits who ransack towns, two men follow their dreams of wealth, amibition and power. While they are successful in attaining a portion of their dreams - it is at the expnse of their familes.

Part one
Intro, B&W, title screens, credits, etc. Director Kenji Mizoguchi's 1953 classic, Ugetsu begins in a tiny village in Japan, where we meet two men and their families. The men have some big dreams and plans to make their mark in the world. Genjuro the potter wants to be a rich man, while Tobei seeks to become a world class Samurai.

Masayuki Mori as Genjuro, the potter.

Tobei has got some explaining to do with the misses back home.

Part two
The plot develops as Genjuro begins to take more risk to get a better price for his pots, by selling them in the big city, which is very dangerous. Meanwhile, he asks his brother-in-law, Tobei to come with him, who agrees because he thinks he will make enough money to buy a Samurai suit.

Machiko Ky? as Lady Wasaka, the ghost lady. Love those eye brow smudgies!

Part three
As the two men work to fufill their dreams, life at home back in the village is very hard on their families. Tobei watches a famed Samurai warrior, who is injured and ready to die, get killed by a samurai comrade. Tobei sneaks up on the soldier after he kills the famed samurai... and takes his head... and takes credit for killing the famous Samurai.

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Directed by - Kenji Mizoguchi

Starring - Masayuki Mori as Genjur?, the potter, Machiko Ky? as Lady Wakasa, Kinuyo Tanaka as Miyagi, Eitar? Ozawa as T?bei (Saka Ozawa), Ikio Sawamura as Genichi, Kikue M?ri as Ukon, Mitsuko Mito as Ohama, Sugisaku Aoyama as the Old Priest, Ryosuke Kagawa as the village leader,

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Eitar? Ozawa as Tobei, who wants to be a Super Samurai warrior

Part four
Genjuro has found a rich lady in the city who likes his pots and is going to pay top dollar. Trouble is - she's a ghost who is looking to trap him. Will Genjuro snap out of it in time?

Gejuro's forlorn wife

Part five
Well, as they say - what goes around comes around... as the two men return to their village. Regretfully, not all is well and lots of things have changed since they left seeking fame and fortune.

He's got the sacred text tatoo - another similarity to the Kwaidan short films, in this case Hoichi The Earless.

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